Children’s Eye Exams in San Diego

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An Early Focus on Vision Care

We want your children’s vision to function at its best. Early visual development is a crucial time in your children’s lives and can shape important aspects of their day-to-day life like academic performance and socializing with their friends.

While most children get vision screenings at school, these screenings may not provide the necessary insight and detailed dive into their vision needs and eye health. Our comprehensive eye exams are designed to help your children see clearly, and get to the bottom of unnoticed vision problems. 

Looking to schedule an eye exam for your children? Book your next eye exam with us so we can help your children achieve their best vision.

How Vision Affects Learning

An eye exam is more than just a prescription update. Early and frequent eye exams can help our doctor monitor developing vision problems and prepare personalized treatment plans for your children.

80% of classroom learning is visual, and we aim to ensure your child has clear, comfortable vision that can contribute to their academic success. Consistent eye exams also allow our doctors to monitor the development of common conditions like strabismus (crossed eyes) or amblyopia (lazy eye).

Your children may not always notice something wrong with their vision, but we can help them get on the right track.

Myopia Control at Heights Optometry

Myopia (nearsightedness) can also play a big role in early vision struggles for your children. Our doctors also offer myopia control treatments to help your children control the progression of nearsightedness.

For more information, visit our myopia control page.

What to Expect During an Exam

A children’s eye exam slightly differs from an adult’s eye exam. We personalize our eye exams to your child’s needs, medical history and conditions, and communication ability.

The following eye exam frequency is recommended for children: 

  • First exam at 6–12 months of age
  • At least 1 exam between 3–5 years of age
  • 1 exam before first grade and annually from ages 6–17

Common signs and symptoms of undiagnosed vision issues in children can include:

  • Headaches
  • Blinking rapidly
  • Tilting their head
  • Covering one eye
  • Limited attention span
  • Rubbing their eyes frequently
  • Complaining of discomfort/fatigue
  • Holding materials close to their face
  • Avoiding reading or other “near work” activities

Sometimes, vision issues can be misdiagnosed as behavioral problems or learning disabilities. If you begin to notice any of these signs or symptoms in your child, it’s a good idea to schedule a comprehensive eye exam to help determine the cause of their vision issues.

Preserving Your Child’s Vision

We aim to help keep your child’s vision at its best. Our doctors use comprehensive testing to uncover vision issues and help your children get past them.

Contact us to schedule an appointment and get an early start on vision care for your children.

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Heights Optometry

  • 3404 Adams Ave.
  • San Diego, CA 92116

North Park Optometry

  • 3068 University Ave.
  • San Diego, CA 92104

La Mesa Optometry

  • 8321 La Mesa Blvd
  • La Mesa, CA 91942
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