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Pediatric Eye Care & Eye Exams in Norfolk

When kids can’t see, they can’t succeed in school, in social settings, or on the sports field. All of these essential parts of childhood depend on having sharp vision and a properly functioning visual system. Therefore, if your child suffers from an undetected or untreated vision problem, it can lead to failure at many day-to-day activities. In turn, this can lead to poor self-esteem and even depression. How can you prevent this from happening to your child? Visit our center for eye care in Norfolk for regular pediatric eye exams. Our family-friendly eye doctor welcomes patients of all ages!

When does my child need a pediatric eye exam in Norfolk?

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), kids need their first pediatric eye exam at six months old, and then again at 3 years old.


After your child’s first eye exam with our eye doctor at Southern Eyecare Associates, we will instruct you about when to return for follow-up evaluations. If your child doesn’t need eyeglasses or contact lenses, we generally recommend pediatric eye exams every two years. However, if your child needs any type of vision correction, vision therapy, or has specific risk factors, we will give you a personalized schedule for pediatric eye care in Norfolk.

What vision warning signs should parents watch out for in children?

Our eye doctor encourages all parents and teachers to continuously watch for signs of a vision problem in kids. This type of vigilance can help prevent kids from unnecessary challenges in school and developmental delays. In fact, it’s typical for children to be misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD – when an undetected vision disorder is really the root of the problem. A pediatric eye exam in Norfolk can help your child avoid this type of misdiagnosis.

These are all possible signs of a vision problem:

  • Excessive blinking
  • Squinting, or closing one eye to see
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Inability to hold a steady gaze
  • Avoidance of reading
  • Poor tracking skills
  • Short attention span
  • Wandering eye, or crossed eyes
  • Head tilting or turning
  • Droopy eyelid
  • Poor sports performance (constantly missing the ball, incoordination)

What should I expect during a pediatric eye exam in Norfolk?

Depending on your child’s age, stage of development, family eye history, health condition, and risk factors, our eye care specialist will customize the specific tests and procedures.

We will use advanced technologies, precise skill, and a gentle manner to assess the vision of kids of all ages! Typically, we check a wide range of vision-related skills, including:

  • Visual acuity
  • Binocularity (eye teaming)
  • Accommodation (focusing ability)
  • Tracking skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Color vision
  • Peripheral vision
  • Eye health – we will inspect the condition of inner eye tissues, checking for any signs of disease or abnormality

Following your child’s eye exam, our Norfolk eye care professional will meet with you to discuss the results. If any vision correction is required, we’ll design the best treatment plan together – whether it is eyeglasses, contact lenses, wearing an eye patch, vision therapy, or ortho-k lenses for myopia control. We want your entire family to see clearly and comfortably, so every kid (and parent!) can see clearly and function optimally.

We offer eye care for moms too! Lasting, soothing relief for dry eyes

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition, and it tends to affect women more than men. If you have stinging, redness, blurry vision, constantly feel like you need to rub your eyes, or any other eye irritation, it may be dry eye. Our Norfolk eye doctor performs specialized dry eye exams to diagnose this painful condition and recommend the most effective, personalized dry eye treatment.

When you call to book a pediatric eye exam at Southern Eyecare Associates – schedule a visit for yourself too. We provide a total range of eye care services for your entire family!

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