Infant Vision Assessments: What Should I Ask?

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A recent post on the Facebook group, Vision Therapy Parents Unite, was looking for info on what to expect from a pediatric optometrist’s assessment of an infant’s vision.

An evaluation at an early age (under 2 years) may look like a play session, but in the course of playing games, the doctor is making careful observations.  

Your Pediatric Optometrist should be able to answer the following questions from his/ her assessment:

1.Eyesight:
How well can the child see? With each eyes? Both eyes? Does eyesight seem about equal between the eyes? (May not have a grade like 20/something, just a gross sense of vision potential with infants.)

2. Eye Power:
Is the child farsighted, nearsighted, astigmatic? Are the eye powers about equal? 

3. Binocularity:
Do the eyes coordinate as a team? Some of the time? All of the time? At a certain distance?

4. Ocular motility:
Can the eyes move in all directions? Is there a limitation in any gaze? Either/ both eyes?

5. Peripheral vision:
Is the child alert/ responsive to off-center targets (peripheral vision)?

6. Visual-Motor Development:
Is the child using vision to guide reaching and grasping? (Age appropriate?)

7. Ocular Health:
Are my child’s eyes healthy/ no apparent pathology?

And the home run question:

8. Guidance: 

What can I do to guide my child’s vision development at home?

If your doctor can debrief you with answers to all of these questions, your child is in good hands!

 

 

 

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Dr. Slotnick proudly supports the InfantSEE program of the American Optometric Association (AOA), providing infant vision assessments to infants under one year of age. 

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