Pediatric Eye Care

We are visual beings. Child development and learning depends heavily on vision development. At East Avenue Vision Center, we believe in preventative eyecare and take pride in our experience with pediatric eye care.

Did you know?! Children should have eye exams by age 1, and again at age 3 and 5, and then yearly throughout school years.

Experts estimate that ONE IN FOUR school aged children have a vision problem. Undetected and untreated eye and vision disorders, such as amblyopia and strabismus, often become barriers to learning, leading to difficulty reading and poorer outcomes in school. Vision screenings - which are often used by some health providers, pediatricians, school districts, and by screening advocacy organizations - are limited and often fail to identify most vision problems. In-person, comprehensive eye exams provided by an eye doctor (specifically a behavioral optometrist) are essential and ensure early identification and treatment for a range of vision and eye health issues that can impact a child’s development and learning abilities. Help make sure that children have all the tools and abilities that they need to succeed in school and later in life by getting regular in-person comprehensive eye exams by an eye doctor.

Did you know?! There is a public health program, called InfantSEE, that provides a no-cost comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants 6-12 months old, regardless of family income or access to insurance coverage.

Good news! Dr. Shaw is an InfantSEE Provider - which means she can see your infant 6-12 months old at no-cost for an InfantSEE assessment*

What to expect during an InfantSEE assessment:
Dr. Shaw will test for excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, eye movement ability, eye health problems, and discuss patient and family history.

*InfantSEE does not include coverage for eye issues/problems, only a well-visit assessment.

FAQ: How do I know if my child or infant has a vision problem?
More often than not, you don’t. Kids rarely report vision issues, unless they are very severe. They think that everyone sees the same way they do! We often unveil signs and symptoms of blurred vision, double vision, headaches, browaches, eye fatigue, eye turns, eye movement problems and other vision issues during an exam that were never previously reported in school or at home.

Below is a link to a simple screening questionnaire to review with your child or by observing your child. If the results are significant, contact us today to schedule an appointment.