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Welcome to Eye Care for Children

Appointment Info

We know your time is valuable, so we make every effort to schedule appointments in such a way that we can honor them. You can help us by doing the following: Please call 610 265-8393 to schedule an appointment. When calling for an appointment, have the following information ready:

Arrive for your appointment 7-10 minutes PRIOR to the scheduled time so that you can complete a brief medical history questionnaire before the exam. Present your insurance card to the receptionist so she can make a copy and verify coverage.


Exam

Although every eye exam is tailored to the individual complaints or signs of your child, every new patient eye exam will include an assessment of your child's vision in each eye, evaluation of the ability of the eyes to function together including their motility and alignment, examination of the anatomic structures of the eye, and an evaluation of the need for glasses to correct vision. To achieve these differing objectives, your child will be asked to read letters, numbers, pictures, or simply follow toys or other interesting objects depending on his or her age and function. All of the tests are designed for children and are presented in a child-friendly manner. During the exam, it may be necessary to dilate your child's eyes. This consists of placing two drops in each eye and waiting 25-40 minutes for the pupil to respond and dilate. Once dilation is achieved, the retina can be thoroughly evaluated. In addition, the need for glasses can be determined. Light is projected into your child's dilated pupil and analyzed as it is reflected back to the physician. With limited to no cooperation, the need for glasses can be determined in this fashion. The entire eye exam may take from one to one and one-half hours. Children's eyes remain dilated for 3 to 6 hours following the exam, which results in blurred near vision. The best way to prepare a child is to be supportive during the exam, reassuring the child by your confidence.


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