Children's Eye Exams

Westrum Optometry

Since it's possible for your child to have a vision problem without being aware of it, we encourage parents to bring children in for at least one eye exam before they start kindergarten. This is particularly important if there is a family history of vision problems or if your child displays any of the following: occasional crossing of the eyes, a slight assymetry in eyelid posture, avoidance, fatigue or inattention with reading or school activities, mild headaches, rubbing of the eyes, occasional squinting, or a slight head turn.

Unfortunately children are frequently unable to communicate with their parents or teachers when the vision in one or both eyes isn't normal and healthy. However, if the condition is not corrected by age of 5 or 6, when the connection between the eye and brain becomes fully developed, the bad eye will not have the potential to see 20/20, even with correction. In fact, the American Optometric Association recommends the first eye exam at 6 months. Good habits start early!

Dr. Joel Westrum strongly advocates early examination of all infants and toddlers by an eye doctor in addition to vision screenings with a pediatrician or school nurse. We encourage you to visit Infantsee.org which has honorary spokesperson Former President Jimmy Carter providing some fascinating information on this all too important national issue.

Comprehensive Eye Exam

Westrum Optometry

We encourage all of our patients to have a routine eye exam once a year--even if you have no vision complaints. During the exam, the doctor will not only check your vision, but also perform a dilated eye exam to look for such diseases as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness if undetected. The exam can also detect non-vision-related health issues and systemic diseases, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and hyperthyroidism. A retinal evaluation for tears, degenerations and detachments will also be performed.

Routine exams are particularly important for those at higher risk for glaucoma, including anyone over age 60, African Americans over age 40, and those with a family history of glaucoma. Exams are also vital for toddlers and preschool children, who may have vision problems without showing any symptoms at all.sperson Former President Jimmy Carter providing some fascinating information on this all too important national issue.

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