Children's Eye Exam

Pediatric Eye Exam: What to Expect During Your Child’s Appointment with our
King George & Culpeper Optometrist

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Our Culpeper & King George optometrist Dr. Miles Press is committed to providing our pediatric patients with the highest quality of eye care. Regular pediatric eye exams are essential to your child’s healthy development. An estimated 25 percent of school age children have vision problems. Children with undiagnosed eye problems can face a host of difficulties in the classroom, including delayed language acquisition, challenges communicating with peers, and poor hand-eye coordination. Early identification of vision problems is important for preventing learning complications. From routine pediatric eye exams to fitting glasses for our children, we offer comprehensive vision care for children. Dr. Press and our eye care team look forward to welcoming you and your family to our practice.

Pediatric Eye Exam Frequency: How Often Should My Child Be Tested?

Children are considered to be at-risk for the development of eye and vision problems when they have a low birth rate or are born prematurely. A family history of congenital cataracts or certain metabolic and genetic diseases also increases the risk for vision problems. Our King George & Culpeper optometrist follows the vision testing guidelines set forth by the American Optometric Association (AOA) for pediatric vision testing. All children should tested by six months of age and again at three years of age. If your child at-risk, you child should be tested annually starting at age six; other school-age children will benefit from test before first grade and again every two years thereafter.

What Happens During an Eye Exam for Children?

During a pediatric eye exam, our King George & Culpeper eye doctor will test the following: near vision, distance vision, binocular vision (eye pairing), eye movement skills, focusing skills, peripheral awareness, and hand-eye coordination. Dr. Press believes in making every child and parent as comfortable as possible. He offers a variety of testing options to best suit your child's needs. Every child is different and providing the proper diagnosis is extremely important. At Eye Care of Virginia, our optometrist offers alternative methods to traditional charts such as:

  • Picture Charts
  • An automated system that provides an objective diagnosis versus subjective

Be sure to tell our eye doctor if you have noticed any symptoms of a vision problem in your child. These symptoms include delayed motor development, excessive blinking, inability to maintain a fixed gaze when looking at objects, poor eye tracking skills, and frequent eye rubbing.

Common tests for preschool children include LEA symbols (e.g., apple, house, square and circle) for children who are not familiar with letters. We may conduct a retinoscopy test which involves shining a light into the eye to observe the reflection back on the eye. This eye test helps our doctor determine your child’s eyeglass prescription. An additional common test is random dot stereopsis, which uses patterns of dots and 3-D glasses to determine how well your child’s eyes work together as a team. Dr. Press will also test for lazy eye (amblyopia), misalignment of the eyes (strabismus), focusing ability, depth perception, and color vision.

Appropriate vision testing at an early age is crucial to your child’s successful performance in school. Children who cannot easily view a blackboard can become frustrated and disengage from the learning experience. Additionally, some vision problems, like lazy eye, are easiest to correct when diagnosed early.

Is your child overdue for an eye exam? Call (540) 825-3937 to schedule your child’s test with our Culpeper pediatric eye doctor or at our King George Location at (540) 663-3937.

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Testimonials

Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Dr. Press CARES about his patients, insurance or not AND he is the most thorough eye doctor I have ever been to. The prescription he gave me, made me see correctly, once again, I am so thankful. Dr Press and his staff are great!"
    Katrin H
  • "I'm so glad I changed eye doctors. I had been going to Dr. H by the hospital for a long time and he had given me a prescription for contacts that I tried and tried to wear with no success. Dr. Press gave the right "size" contacts and was able to walk out wearing the contacts with no problem! He has great manners and even took my blood pressure! Glad to have finally found a knowledgeable Optometrist I can SEE in a regular basis."
    Ines P
  • "I recently needed to change my vision prescription and was finally in need of bifocals. I went to see Dr. Miles Press for both convenience (local eye doctor) and because he accepted my insurance. I needed to have vision in my right eye adjusted several times, and several right lenses replaced. Dr.Miles Press worked tirelessly to make sure my vision was correct and I was never charged for each subsequent visit or lens replacement. I've never had an eye doctor like that before, that really cares and is fast and on the ball with knowledge to get you the correct prescription. He also cared that I went with Progressive lenses over bifocals because they provide three fields of view and eliminate the annoying line. To sum it up, an eye doctor that treats you like he would his own family is a rare experience. I will continue to go to Dr. Miles Press as long as he is in business and accepts my insurance. No question."
    Thomas C
  • "I didn't know my vision could change, and I also didn't know that I could see the world more clearly than how I was already seeing it! Dr. Press was professional and very helpful and educating! Highly recommend!"
    Karla N
  • "Dr. Miles Press was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. He explained a lot about my eye care that no Dr. has ever taken the time to do."
    Wendy S