Infant and Toddler Care
As many as one out of every five children has a vision problem that no one knows about. Because eyesight is a key component of learning, it is important to diagnose and treat vision problems early.
The Infant, Toddler and Children’s Clinic at Berkeley Optometry specializes in optometric care for children from birth to 6 years of age. Our optometrists use their special expertise and vision tests developed at UC Berkeley to thoroughly examine the eyes and visual abilities of infants and young children.
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We use specialized equipment and techniques to comprehensively examine your child’s eyes and vision and to answer the question “What can my child see?” If needed, we prescribe glasses to correct blurry vision. Infant and child sized frames are available in our eyewear department. Our clinic is open seven days a week with a choice among six optometrists performing the eye exam. Most insurance plans cover the eye exams.
Our comprehensive exams are designed to thoroughly evaluate the eyes and visual abilities of infants and young children for the following conditions. Click on the plus sign to read more.
Will your child benefit from glasses to correct blurry vision or is there a needed change in prescription of current glasses?
How well does your child use their eyes as a team?
How well does your child see detail and differences in brightness?
How well can your child distinguish colors?
What area of vision does your child have?
What size object or print should be presented to your child and at what viewing distance?
Are your young child’s eyes free of disease and other disorders?
Did You Know?
- Even babies and young children should have their eyes checked. Comprehensive vision exams are recommended for children at 9 months, 3 years, and 5 years of age.
- Children who receive treatment for vision problems when they are young are better prepared to successfully participate in school.
- Most aspects of your baby’s vision are adult-like by the end of their first year.
- Signs that your baby or young child might have a vision problem include: issues with hand-eye coordination, frequently closes or covers one eye, holds toys or books close to their eyes, frequently rubs their eyes, blinks excessively, squints, or cannot maintain fixation on tasks
Pediatric Vision Facts
80% of learning is through vision, yet only 14% of children under age six have had a comprehensive eye exam.
One out of five children has a vision problem that no one knows about.