Pediatric Eye Doctor & Vision Exams Edina MN - Art of Optiks
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We Care for Your Child

70% of a child’s sensory receptors are in their eyes, meaning their ability to see clearly can significantly impact their learning ability. Young kids discover and explore the world surrounding them with their sense of sight, so it is crucial to schedule regular eye exams for your children. Our team of Edina doctors will make sure your child has the visual resources required for optimal development and growth. While it may seem challenging to bring children in for appointments, our highly skilled doctors will make it a fun experience for your child. They will also incorporate state-of-the-art technology and techniques to provide accurate testing and results.

 

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that children have complete eye exams at six months, three years, before the start of first grade, and yearly after that. Creating a regular schedule for your child’s comprehensive eye exams allows for early diagnosis and treatment of any vision issues, injury, or disease. Our Edina doctors can treat any problems before your child has difficulty in school or permanent damage, thanks to early detection. Our exams test for visual acuity, eye tracking and focusing skills, nearsightedness, farsightedness, amblyopia, crossed eyes, dyslexia, and color blindness. Childrens’ eyes change quickly as they grow, so catching any issues early is critical to your child’s overall health.

Infant Eye Exams: Birth to 24 Months

Our Edina doctors participate in the InfantSEE program, which provides a free eye exam between the ages of 6-12 months. Your baby must learn to focus and move their eyes in the first few months of life, so that they can use them together as a team. Their visual system will develop gradually over this period while the brain learns to process visual information, giving your baby the ability to interact with and understand the world around them. Their eyesight development goes hand in hand with base motor development, and proper advancement will help your baby learn to crawl, walk, and use hand-eye coordination.

 

Your baby should be able to see as well as you can by six months in terms of color vision, focusing ability, and depth perception. During the comprehensive infant eye exam at our Edina clinic, our doctors will check that your baby is developing on track and seeing correctly. To assess the progress of development, our doctors use the following tests:

Preferential Looking

Even before your child can identify letters or numbers, we can test visual acuity. By using charts with differing contrast, our doctors can assess your child’s vision capabilities.

Fixate and Follow

This testing method allows our doctors to evaluate whether your baby’s eyes can fixate and follow an object. This ability develops as early as three months old.

Test of Pupil Responses

Our doctors evaluate if your baby’s pupils open and close properly in the presence or absence of light.

Our Edina doctors require you to schedule more frequent visits if your infant was born premature or is showing any signs of developmental delay. This will allow our doctors to track your baby’s progress and provide the best care.

Preschool Eye Exams:
Ages 2 to 5

Toddlers and preschoolers experience radical growth in their intellectual and motor skills. However, approximately five to 10% of children this age have vision problems, impacting the development of their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and perceptual abilities. Children rely on good vision and proper visual processes to read and write, play sports, and participate in creative activities like drawing, painting, or building.

 

Parents should be on the lookout for any signs of developmental delay because your child will have a better success rate if conditions are treated early on. It may be worthwhile to schedule a visit to our Edina clinic if you notice your child frequently rubbing their eyes, squinting, avoiding activities like puzzles or coloring, or sitting unusually close to the television or reading material.

School-Age Eye Exams:
Ages 6 to 18

When vision problems are left uncorrected or undetected, children and teens can suffer socially, academically, athletically, and personally. If your child is having trouble in school or during after-school activities, that’s usually the first sign of a preexisting eye condition. It can be scary for children to experience problems with focusing, reading, teaming their eyes, and hand-eye coordination, so you may notice they get frustrated easily or have displayed other behavioral changes. It’s important to let your child know that vision abnormalities are normal and that they can be corrected.

 

Our Edina clinic doctors will test your child’s binocular capabilities, peripheral and color vision, focusing, tracking, and hand-eye coordination, along with basic visual acuity. They will also check the area around the eye and inside it to check for any health conditions or eye diseases.

Children’s Eyeglasses, Contacts, and Other Services

If our doctors find any vision problems with your child, we will present several therapeutic options. These can vary from eyeglasses or contact lenses, an eye patch, or vision therapy, depending on the condition. Our Edina eye clinic prioritizes diagnosing any eye or vision issues as early as possible. Most are easier to treat when caught early on while the eyes are still developing. 

 

By following the guidelines for children’s eye exams and learning how to identify signs of vision problems in your child, you can help your child read their healthy vision potential. To better assist you and your child in your eyecare experience, our office partners with an assortment of insurance companies such as Medica, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, and many more.

Edina Location + Doctors

We are excited to provide each patient with exceptional optical care and expertise, thanks to our team of award-winning doctors. We want every patient to have a worthwhile experience with in-depth educational knowledge regarding you or your child’s optical conditions. Our doctors create lasting relationships with each patient so they will feel informed and comfortable every time they visit our Edina clinic. Art of Optiks Edina guarantees an unforgettable customer experience, meeting the needs of each customer every time.

 

Our Edina office is conveniently located in the heart of the 50th and France neighborhood on France Avenue, between Anthropologie and Caribou Coffee. There is customer parking located directly behind and underneath our building. Our doctors Timothy Haupert and Victoria Whitman operate out of both locations, in Wayzata and Edina, and will be happy to serve your child’s visual needs.