Pediatric Eye Exams

Pediatric eye health and vision assessment is one of the main specialties provided at our practice. Both Dr. Kristi Kading and Dr. Katherine Shen examine children from infancy to 18 years old for preventative examinations and for medical eye problems. Well-child eye exams are recommended before 1 year old, between 2-3 years old, then every year thereafter. We are committed to provide each child with personalized care and treatment. The experience at our office is designed to be non-threatening and fun. The examination is geared to be developmentally appropriate which means we have pediatric tests and equipment to achieve reliable measurements while your child thinks they are playing games that are appropriate for their age.

Our exams do more than check for 20/20 sight. We do a comprehensive evaluation of eye health, assess how your child sees at distance and near, as well as evaluation the visual skills your child needs for learning, sports and life.

Dr. Kristi Kading is residency trained in pediatric and teen eye care, strabismus and amblyopia, learning related vision problems and rehabilitative vision care.  She is board certified in visual development and vision therapy with the College of Optometrists in Visual Development. Dr. Kristi is a certified InfantSEE® provider and regularly supports this public health program.

Dr. Katherine Shen is also residency trained in pediatric and teen eye care, learning related vision problems, strabismus and amblyopia and rehabilitative vision care after a head injury or stroke. Dr. Shen is also a certified InfantSEE® provider and sees many infants with this program every month. She is currently pursuing her board certification with the College of Optometrists in Visual Development (COVD).

When Do Kids Need Eye Exams?

  • 6 months old – take advantage of the free InfantSEE® eye assessment!
  • Between 2 and 3 years old
  • Every year thereafter

Why do Kids need Eye Exams?

Vision is the sense that is not fully developed at birth. Our eyes are simply the “hardware” for taking in visual information. As babies grow, vision is developed through a learning process of seeing, touching, and exploring. The most dynamic period of visual development is the first year of life. Any undetected vision problem can have a significant impact on infant and childhood development.  The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the less likely it is to affect other areas of development.

It is recommended that infants have their first vision examination at six months of age. Dr. Kristi Kading and Dr. Katherine Shen provide InfantSEE® examinations from 6 months to 1 year old. InfantSEE® is a public health program providing one-time comprehensive eye assessments for infants at no charge. This initial assessment can detect any eye or visual abnormalities that are present at birth or develop shortly thereafter. Watch the InfantSee-Eyes-To-The-World video.

Teen Eye Exams

The American Optometric Association recommends yearly eye health and vision exams for teens and adults.  At Specialty Eyecare Group the teen eye exam is typically eye drop and eye puff free! Our doctors evaluate distance and near sight, eye health of the whole eye, eye teaming, eye focusing, and eye movement skills that are needed to excel in academics, sports, and hobbies. We have the opportunity to fit many teens with contact lenses giving them visual flexibility in sports and activities.

Testing for More than 20/20

Did you know that there are many visual skills necessary for learning? Eyesight that is 20/20 is not enough. Sight is not the same as vision. “Eyesight” is the physical process of focusing light within our eyes, whereas “vision” involves our ability to understand what is seen.

The eye doctors at Specialty Eyecare Group provide a developmental examination that assesses eye focusing, eye teaming, and eye tracking abilities in addition to eye health and sight. We also provide further testing and treatment for strabismus, amblyopia, visual perceptual, visually related learning problems, and visual problems associated with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and Autism.

Please visit our Vision Therapy page to learn more.

Symptoms of Vision Problems that can affect Learning or Sports

  • Skips/repeats lines when reading
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Homework takes longer than it should
  • Headaches at the end of the day
  • Trouble keeping attention on reading
  • Reversals of letters or numbers after 1st grade
  • Difficulty completing assignments on time
  • Difficulty copying from board
  • Burning, itchy, watery eyes
  • Tilts head/closes one eye when reading
  • One eye turns in or out
  • Avoids near work/reading
  • Smart in everything but school
  • Holds reading material too close
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Poor handwriting or misaligns numbers
  • Fatigue or frustration with homework
  • Motion sickness
  • Inconsistent sport performance
  • Poor coordination or difficulty catching a ball

Glasses and Contact Lenses for Kids and Teens

Specialty Eyecare Group’s optical has a great selection of frames for infants, children, and teens. We specialize in quality that is affordable. We personalize our optical service to help your child have an enjoyable experience and for you to understand the technology and value.

Our office also incorporates pediatric contact lenses. Specialty Eyecare Group’s doctors have fit children into contact lenses for medically necessary reasons as early as infancy. A large part of our practice includes kids that benefit from contact lenses in addition to glasses for their active lives. Dr. Kristi Kading has consulted with the Contact Lenses in Pediatrics research study which showed that children as young as eight years old were capable of caring for their soft contact lenses and preferred contact lenses to glasses for many activities.

Dr. David Kading provides custom designed Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)/Orthokeratology contact lenses for children and adults. There has been considerable research that shows that the use of CRT lenses may be able to slow down the progression of nearsightedness in children.  Research is ongoing in this area, but the studies that have been published show great promise.

Read the most updated information on Myopia Control

Read article by Dr. Kading: Slowing Myopia Progression in Children

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