Pediatric Eye Care
Dr. Zimmerman is ready to provide the finest family eye care through the years. Pediatric eye care includes three of the six major stages of vision development.
Did you know that your vision changes throughout your lifetime? As stated above, there are six major stages of vision development, categorized by age: Birth, Preschool, Elementary and Teen, Adult, Mature, and Senior. Throughout each phase, there are various milestones that should be met, as well as vision problems that can occur.
During an infant's first months of life, their vision is constantly developing. Here are some milestones your baby should be making in the first year of life.
1 to 3 months: Begin to focus on people and objects.
3 months: Follow a moving object.
5 to 8 months: See various colors.
8 to 12 months: Improve eye-hand-body coordination.
If your baby has red and crusty eyelids, excessively teary eyes, severe sensitivity to light, or has developed a white pupil, you should contact an eye doctor. These could be indicators of possible vision problems for your baby. It is important to note that a baby's first official eye examination should occur between 6 and 12 months of age.
The second stage of vision development is all about eye-hand-body coordination. For preschoolers, the simultaneous use of their eyes, hands, and body is a complex cognitive task. Preschool age children should have a full eye exam by the age of 3. As you watch your child interact with others and play independently, be on the lookout for possible indicators of visual developmental problems, such as:
Sitting too close to objects or holding objects too close.
Excessive eye rubbing, head-tilting, or squinting.
elementary & teen
As your child continues to grow, the demands on their vision are much greater during the elementary and teenage years. During this phase of vision development, nearsightedness and other vision conditions are often discovered. If you (or your child's teacher) notice any of the following symptoms in your elementary age child or teenager, you should contact your child's eye doctor.
Trouble staying on task.
Uncomfortable or tired often.
Vision problems during these school age years can lead to learning delays and behavioral issues, so it is important to not ignore these signs. Regular eye exams are especially important during this phase.
Kids lead active, jam-packed lives. But whether they’re playing pretend, riding bikes with their friends, or learning new things at school, myopia (nearsightedness) can make it harder for them to engage in the activities they love. And as they grow, their prescription may get stronger too.
Fortunately, your age-appropriate children may benefit from an innovative technology to help slow down the progression of their myopia: MiSight® 1 day contact lenses from CooperVision. MiSight® 1 day contact lenses with ActivControl® Technology not only correct nearsightedness – they’re also the first soft contact lenses proven to slow the progression of myopia in children in children aged 8-12 at initiation of treatment. When wearing MiSight® 1 day contact lenses, your age-appropriate child can experience clear vision, freedom from glasses and continue to enjoy the activities they love.
For more information, please give us a call to schedule your child's appointment!