Pediatric Eye Exams in Derry & Surrounding Areas

Exceptional family eye clinic for kids of all ages

While all parents want what’s best for their children, vision problems often slip through the cracks unless there are obvious signs. Approximately 5-10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have problems seeing clearly, which makes learning even the most basic skills more difficult. That’s why the experts at Spindel Eye Associates recommend bringing your child in for a comprehensive eye exam. With over 30 years of experience in children’s eye care, our board-certified doctors have the knowledge and expertise to handle everything from routine eye exams and kids eyeglasses to amblyopia and other ocular issues. We make it our top priority to provide compassionate services in a comfortable environment, and we always maintain the highest possible standards.

The importance of eye exams for children Little Girl with Glasses

As children grow, they are continually experiencing new things, so they may not realize that words in a picture book are blurry until a professional kids’ eye doctor helps them out. If left unchecked, vision problems can stunt a child’s ability to learn basic things like hand-eye coordination, peripheral awareness, and focusing skills, which only compound the older the child gets. At Spindel Eye Associates, we specialize in conducting comprehensive eye exams for children to identify vision problems at the earliest possible stage and to allow your child to see as clearly as possible.

Possible signs that your child is experiencing vision problems

  • Excessive blinking
  • Inability to maintain eye contact
  • Trouble concentrating on fixed objects
  • Poor eye tracking skills
  • Frequent eye rubbing or headaches
  • Delayed motor development

What to expect at your child’s eye exam

The highly trained doctors at our family eye center recommend bringing your child in for an initial eye exam at around 6 months of age with additional exams taking place at 3 and before starting first grade. This schedule is important to ensure that your child’s eyes are developing normally and working together as a team.

Eye testing for preschool children

Preschool-age children do not need to know their alphabet to conduct a successful eye exam. Our family eye care center uses a variety of common tests, including:

  • Eye exams that use LEA symbols like apples, houses, or circles instead of letters
  • Retinoscopy – shining light into the eye to observe the retina, which can help determine a prescription for kids eyeglasses.
  • Random dot stereopsis – uses patterns of dots and 3D glasses to measure how the eyes work as a team.

We are also prepared to perform eye exams on infants and younger children depending on need.

At Spindel Eye Associates, we are proud to use the most advanced technology and the latest techniques for safe and effective children’s eye care. If your child needs glasses, we carry a full range of kids’ glasses frames for your convenience, and we are always happy to answer your questions and address your concerns, so set up an eye exam appointment today!

To find out more about our children’s vision services, call 603-434-4193!