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All You Need to Know About Your Child’s Eye Exam

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Why schedule regular pediatric eye exams, and what should you expect?

If you think there’s no need to bring your child for an eye exam unless he or she complains of a vision problem, you’re not alone. But – you’re not correct either! The truth is that kids don’t tend to complain about eyesight, because they simply accept that what they see is normal. They don’t recognize a problem. That’s why routine pediatric eye exams with a qualified professional are necessary.

For a precise, dependable check of your child’s vision and visual skills, book an appointment at Eye Trends. We have optometry offices located conveniently to serve your entire family in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Greenspoint, Kingwood, and Houston.

Why are pediatric eye exams so important?

Our eye doctors share the following reasons to be responsible with your child’s vision:

  • Poor sight can jeopardize education – If your child can’t see the classroom board clearly or do the assigned homework without squinting or getting a headache, then they cannot learn fully or perform well in school. A yearly eye exam can prevent your child from suffering the frustration of an untreated vision condition.
  • Vision is linked to self-confidence – Kids who see a blurred world tend to feel insecure and hesitant about every move they make, including socializing and meeting new friends.
  • Protection against digital eyestrain – Most likely, your child spends a lot of time daily gazing at a digital screen of some type or other. Unfortunately, computer vision can damage eye health. Eye doctors are trained to detect the symptoms and can offer protective tips, as well as relief from the visual discomfort.
  • Boost sports scores – To play sports well, your child needs excellent depth perception and hand-eye coordination. A comprehensive pediatric eye exam evaluates both visual acuity and all parts of the visual system. Vision therapy may be needed to improve certain visual skills.

What happens during a child’s eye exam?

The tests and procedures that our eye doctor performs as a part of a pediatric eye exam in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Greenspoint, Kingwood, and Houston, are personalized to meet the age, medical eye history, health condition, stage of development, and personal risk factors of each child. Every kid is a unique being, and we’ll custom-tailor your child’s eye exam accordingly.

In general, the basic steps of a pediatric eye exam include checking the following:

  • Visual acuity to decide if prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses are required
  • Eye teaming (binocularity)
  • Focusing ability (accommodation)
  • Tracking skills
  • Color vision
  • Peripheral (side) vision
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Eye health: our eye doctor will perform a dilated eye exam to inspect the health condition of inner eye tissues

After your kid’s eye exam, we’ll discuss the results with you. If eyeglasses are needed, we have a fabulous optical collection for kids! If your child prefers contact lenses and our optometrist determines they’re a suitable option for vision correction, we offer expert contact lenses fittings and a fully stocked inventory of premium lenses. Additionally, we provide personalized vision therapy sessions in our advanced eye care centers.

At Eye Trends, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 936-206-7366 or book an appointment online to see one of our Conroe eye doctors.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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Amber Draper, Manager

As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

In her spare time, she is with family, friends, and enjoying some Houston Texans Football.

Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.

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