The Pediatric Eye Care Centers
Lee’s Summit | Sedalia | Warrensburg | Clinton
Kid Focused Eye Care & Eye Wear
Eyecare Specialties offers advanced eye care for children of all ages. Our eye doctors and optical staff understand the importance of vision in the development of a child, and we are passionate about helping kids achieve their full potential through beyond 2020. Our services include:
- The Vision & Learning Center
- A fantastic selection of frames for kids including sports and specialty glasses
- Special needs eye care
- Myopia Control with advanced Ortho-K night time contacts
- Emergency Eye Care for children
Why Vision Screenings Are Not Enough
Distance and reading are two different things. Someone with perfect distance vision can still have focusing problems up close. Your Lee’s Summit eye doctors need to check for both, many children have undiagnosed accommodative (focusing) problems because no one ever looked for it before. We always check the distance and near vision on all ages because it is so important.
Other areas that need to be checked is eye muscle alignment, color vision, depth perception, and overall health of the eyes. For younger children close vision is the main area of vision they use, and its performance is not measured in a standard vision screening.
Q&A About Childrens Eye Care
A comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist can often determine if there are visual issues interfering with a child’s ability to perform in school. Many visual symptoms, some obvious, others less so, can contribute to a child’s poor academic achievement.
The most common symptoms to watch out for are:
- Blur at distance or near
- Skipping or re-reading lines or words
- Reduced reading comprehension
- Difficulty shifting focus from near to far or far to near
- Difficulty copying from the board
- Double vision
- Closing or covering an eye when working at near
- Headaches; especially in the forehead, temple, or eyebrow regions
- Difficulty attending to near work or an avoidance of reading
- Poor spelling or handwriting
- Misaligning numbers in math
- Extreme fatigue from homework or reading
Some of these issues can be alleviated with a good pair of eyeglasses while others may require vision therapy or myopia control. Vision therapy, like occupational therapy or physical therapy, is a systematic program where the body, in this case the visual system, can be retrained and strengthened to improve it’s ability to function. Myopia control is focused on reducing the long term risks associated with nearsightedness.
A child's ability to learn is strongly dependent on having a normal visual system, in fact as much as 80-90% of school learning happens through the visual system. Having clear vision is only one aspect of 17 visual skills that are required for reading and learning. In certain vision disorders, some of the visual skills required for efficient learning are under developed. Vision therapy is a treatment program that can help children reach their maximum learning and reading potential.
Most vision problems are amenable to contact lens correction and there's no set age limit, whenever mom says it's okay. Typically, at Lee's Summit we fit contact lenses for children around the age of 12 or 13, however for children with myopia we may start as young as 8 years old. Daily or 1-Day contact lenses are easier for children because of zero maintenance and are considered a safer option for younger wearers. For myopia control our optometrists may recommend multifocals or ortho k night lenses.
If you have children, it should come as no surprise that children have a greater risk of eye emergencies such as scratched eyes, eye trauma, styes, and pink eye/eye infections. Our optometrists have extensive experience providing urgent care for eye emergencies and we are proud of our commitment to using the latest technology for our patients.
- Scratched or bleeding eyes
- Black eye or trauma/bruising around the eye.
- Stye or Chalazia
- Glasses breaking in the eye
- Eye pain
- Difficulty copying from the board
- Something stuck in the eye
The most common type of eye injury with children is sports related, our optometrists recommend polycarbonate lenses to prevent eye injury, as they are 10 times more resistant to breaking from impact.
Whether you want contact lenses or glasses for your child, we make sure that you get both what looks good, but more importantly what works for your child’s personal situation as well. Our optical staff will help you choose the perfect frames for your kids.