Infant and Child Eye Exams in Everett WA

Welcome to Novel Eyes, where every child’s vision journey starts with a smile! Our practice is a bright, friendly space where young eyes are the star of the show. We understand that an eye exam can feel like a big adventure for little ones, so our team goes the extra mile to make it a fun and engaging experience. From playful interactions to gentle reassurances, we ensure that both you and your child feel completely at ease. Join us, where family-friendly meets expert care, and let’s give your child the clearest view of the wonderful world around them.

When Should My Child Have Their First Eye Exam and How Often?

Adhering to the recommendations of the American Optometric Association, we advise that your child’s first comprehensive eye exam be scheduled between 6 and 12 months of age. This early examination plays a critical role in identifying potential vision or eye health issues so we offer it pro bono for this age group as a service to the next generation. After this initial check, we suggest that children have their eyes examined again every year to ensure their vision is ready to support their educational journey. Annual eye exams are recommended throughout childhood to maintain optimal eye health and adjust to any changes in vision needs.

What Do Eye Exams for Children Involve?

Our child-friendly eye exams are more than just a check-up; they’re an exploration of your child’s visual potential. Utilizing the latest in pediatric eye care technology, our team performs a detailed evaluation of your child’s sight, including checks for color vision, eye coordination, and the ability to focus. We also assess the health of the eyes inside and out for any signs of eye disease. Our goal is to catch any issues early, ensuring your child’s vision development is on the right track, all within a comforting and reassuring setting for both you and your child. Our comprehensive eye exams are designed to diagnose and address any vision problems, ensuring your child can see clearly and succeed in all aspects of life.

Why Are Eye Exams Important for Children?

Vision is a critical component of learning, social interaction, and overall development. Regular eye care for infants and ongoing child eye exams are essential for detecting conditions that could impede your child’s ability to learn and engage with their environment. Early identification and treatment of vision problems can make a significant difference in your child’s academic and social success. The team at Novel Eyes is dedicated to ensuring your child’s vision supports their growth and happiness.

What Are the Signs That Might Indicate My Child Has a Vision Problem?

Understanding the signs of vision problems in children is crucial for early intervention and treatment. If you notice any of the following behaviors or symptoms in your child, it might be time to schedule a child eye exam with our team at Novel Eyes:

  • Excessive blinking or rubbing of the eyes: Indicative of eye strain or discomfort.
  • Squinting or closing one eye: Often a sign that a child is trying to improve focus or clarity.
  • Avoidance of reading or close activities: May suggest difficulty in seeing up close, a common issue in children with vision problems.
  • Holding books or devices unusually close: A sign of myopia, or nearsightedness, where distant objects appear blurry.
  • Covering one eye: Children might do this to see better if they have a vision imbalance between their eyes.
  • Tilting the head or unusual postures while watching TV: This could indicate an attempt to compensate for misaligned vision.
  • Difficulty concentrating on schoolwork: Vision problems can make it hard to focus, affecting learning and attention.
  • Complaining of headaches or eye pain: Frequent headaches or eye pain can be a symptom of eye strain from uncorrected vision problems.
  • Trouble with eye-hand coordination: Difficulties in sports or activities that require precise coordination might be related to vision issues.

Sensory-Friendly Approach: Specialized Care for Every Child

At Novel Eyes, we prioritize creating a welcoming environment for children with special needs, including those on the autism spectrum. Our team is trained to provide accommodations tailored to the individual needs of each child, ensuring a comfortable and positive experience during their eye exams. We understand the importance of sensitivity to sensory issues and communication challenges that may arise, and we strive to adapt our approach accordingly. Whether it’s allowing extra time for appointments, providing sensory-friendly spaces, or using visual aids to facilitate communication, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of every child we serve. Your child’s comfort and well-being are our top priorities, and we’re committed to making their vision journey as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Customized Solutions for Myopia

We offer specialized services for myopia control to address the growing concern of nearsightedness in children. Myopia control options such as orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses, multifocal contact lenses, or atropine eye drops may be recommended based on your child’s individual needs and risk factors. Our team will work closely with you to discuss these options and develop a personalized treatment plan to help manage your child’s myopia and promote optimal eye health for the future. With our comprehensive approach to pediatric eye care, including accommodations for special needs children and myopia control strategies, we’re dedicated to supporting your child’s vision and overall well-being.

Early Detection, Brighter Direction: Schedule an Eye Exam Now!

Don’t wait to secure your child’s visual health. Contact Novel Eyes today to schedule an infant or child eye test. Partner with us to ensure a bright future for your child’s vision and development. Located in Everett, WA, we offer a welcoming environment where your child’s vision health is our top priority.