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Pediatric Services for your child

At B-Town Eyecare we make it our goal to provide only the most eye-related pediatric services for children. Studies have shown that 80% of all learning is performed through vision. This is why a comprehensive eye examination is so important, to ensure that children perform at their best academically, socially and athletically.


6 months to 3 years old

The American Optometric Association recommends that we begin our infant exams around 6 months old. During this visit, our pediatric eye doctor will test for excessive or unequal amounts of farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism – conditions which can lead to amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (eye turn) if left untreated. During this initial visit, the pediatric eye doctor will also evaluate eye muscle ability and perform a dilated examination to rule out eye health problems such as retinoblastoma, glaucoma or cataracts. Although such conditions are rare, it is important to identify children who have them at this age. If treatment is begun early, the conditions will be more easily managed.

Dr. Bansal now providing InfantSee Exams

InfantSee ProgramEven if no eye or vision problems are apparent, the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby’s first eye assessment at 6 months. Things that your pediatric eye doctor will test for include: excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism; eye movement ability; and eye health problems.

InfantSEE, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® – the AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, participating optometrists like Dr. Bansal provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service. Call our office to schedule an InfantSEE exam for your baby!

3 years to School-age

The next recommended age for eye exams is 3 years old. At this age, the pediatric eye doctor’s main concern is that the preschoolers’ eyes are developing properly and preparing itself for developing visual skills such as eye-hand coordination needed for sports and eye muscle function for reading. Dr. Bansal will also test for any nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism and rule out the presence of any eye diseases. Unless Dr. Bansal advises otherwise, the next age for eye exams would be 5 years old or right before kindergarten.


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During the school-age years, it is important that your child be seen at least every 2 years or sooner if recommended by the pediatric eye doctor. A screening at school or at the pediatrician’s office is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye examination. During the school-age years, your child’s basic vision skills will be used daily for various activities in and out of school. Any lag in any of these skills can affect their performance in learning or in sports. At each routine exam, Dr. Bansal will evaluate their vision at distance and near, binocular vision (the ability of the eyes to work together), eye muscle skill (to follow a moving target or to move their eyes across words on a page), eye focusing skill (to keep reading material clear and to change focus quickly), depth perception and peripheral awareness. Children who suffer from any delayed development in these skills can exhibit poor reading ability, avoidance of near work or sports, or poor concentration.

Preparing for your child’s appointment

When scheduling the appointment for your child, please take into consideration their nap times if they are still taking naps. Try to schedule the appointment after the nap time and bring snacks or milk for your child in case they gets hungry. It would be helpful to speak with your child’s teacher beforehand to find out if the teacher has noticed any unusual habits in the classroom such as squinting or covering one eye. Also note that your child may need to be dilated with special dilating drops to obtain the most accurate prescription.

The pediatric eye doctors and staff at B-Town Eyecare understand and value the importance of a child’s potential and growth. Dr. Bansal has extensive experience with eye-related pediatric services and has worked extensively with children. She makes every effort to make each child feel comfortable during the examination. We would be glad to answer any further questions you may have regarding your child’s eyecare needs.

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