Pediatric Eye Care

Have Questions About Pediatric Eye Care in Northern Colorado?

Our Expert Pediatric Eye Care Team Can Help

We develop our visual system from birth through the first ten years of our lives, so it’s important to detect and treat any potential vision problems in infants, toddlers, and children before they result in permanent damage. As a caretaker, you might be wondering about pediatric eye care and how it can help with your child’s development and overall eye health.


At the Eye Center of Northern Colorado, we can schedule your child’s complete examination to help detect and correct any potential vision problems, including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), myopia, congenital cataracts, significant refractive errors, and more. We can help diagnose vision problems without any symptoms present, and vision problems in infants and toddlers who aren’t able to verbalize what they’re experiencing. Early detection is vital to correcting vision problems before they worsen or become permanent. Below, we have answered some important questions about pediatric eye care.


Are Vision Check-Ups Different for Adults and Kids?


Our comprehensive eye care exams operate similarly between our adult and pediatric patients. The methods of acquisition for the data differ significantly. We can perform a comprehensive eye exam on any non or preverbal patient. Our goal with any comprehensive exam is to qualify visual function, determine binocular vision status, measure the best refractive correction, and obtain anterior and posterior segment health findings.


When Should a Parent Schedule Their Child’s First Eye Exam?


Anyone who is concerned about their child’s vision, alignment, or ocular health should bring them to a pediatric ophthalmologist or optometrist as soon as possible, as early as a few weeks. Pediatricians often perform visual screeners with electronic autorefractors to catch high refractive errors and will refer caretakers to a pediatric eye doctor if they suspect any vision problems.


How Often Should a Parent Schedule Eye Exams for Their Child?


Outside of concerns for visual function and ocular health by parents and pediatricians, we recommend exams for children entering school to ensure best academic success. After the first appointment, your pediatric eye specialist will determine the frequency of your child’s follow-up eye exams.


What Are Some Signs My Child is Having Vision Trouble?


Parents and caretakers know their children best. Whether you have concerns about eyes crossing, drifting, excess tear discharge, or the inability to recognize and track targets, a comprehensive eye exam is the right place to start to determine any need for treatment. Parental intuition and pediatric screenings bring many of our patients through the doors for an evaluation. “As parents, you know your child best. If you have concerns for eyes crossing, drifting, excess tear discharge or inability to recognize and track targets a formal eye exam is the right place to start” – Dr. Sarah Galt.


Would an Eye Exam Help With Sports Training for Kids?


A dilated comprehensive eye exam gives reassurance that a child is functioning at the optimal visual and binocular level. If refractive correction or other interventions are necessary that will aid the child in their academic environment, it may also improve their sports performance.


Are There Certain Types of Sunglasses Kids Should Wear?


Sunglasses with UV protection and hats are important from a very early start in life to protect your eyes and ensure optimal ocular health. When children are given prescription sunglasses, they are made of a shatter resistant material.


What is “Lazy Eye” and How Does it Relate to a Child’s Growth?


Dr. Galt here at the Eye Center of Northern Colorado says, “’Lazy Eye’ is a term we aren’t fond of using. It implies that the patient is not putting forth a full effort, and as children are very perceptive, they can feel targeted or less-than when it is used to describe them. “Lazy eye” is used as a layman’s term for both amblyopia and strabismus. “

Amblyopia is a term used to describe when one or both eyes are unable to transmit a clear image to the vision processing areas of the brain. Strabismus is a misalignment that can involve the muscles of one or both eyes. These terms are not mutually exclusive, but if a caregiver suspects that their child has a “lazy eye,” they should be evaluated by a pediatric eye specialist to determine the need for treatment as soon as concerns arise.

What Causes Dry Eyes in Children?

Dry eyes are more prevalent in adults, but children can experience them too. Dry eye syndrome can make it more difficult for children to perform well in school, read, or complete work on their computers.

Dry eyes can be caused by certain medications, evaporation eye disease, blepharitis, or herpes simplex infections that are common in children and can affect the eye. If your child complains of itchiness, blurred vision, mucus and crusting on the eyelashes, or ocular irritation, it’s important to see a pediatric eye specialist to get an accurate diagnosis.

What is Myopia and How Can It Affect Kids? 

Myopia is also called nearsightedness and affects nearly 30 percent of adolescents. It means that you can’t see long distances without the help of glasses or contact lenses. People with myopia have no trouble seeing objects clearly when they’re up close.


For example, children cannot see objects that are at a distance, such as the words on a classroom school board. This may impact their ability to perform well academically in school due to visual limitations. If it’s not corrected early on, Myopia can lead to more severe eye concerns over time and tends to worsen as the child grows older.


Why Choose the Eye Center of Northern Colorado for Pediatric Eye Care?


Dr. Sarah Galt is the Eye Center of Northern Colorado’s provider of comprehensive optometric care for pediatric patients, patients with special needs, and adults with binocular vision anomalies. Whether your child has been going to the eye doctor for years or it’s their first appointment, our pediatric team in Northern Colorado is the best choice for your family and your child’s eye care needs. Contact us today if you have any further questions about our pediatric eye care services or want to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!