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Pediatric Eye Care

If your child is having vision problems, Gundersen Eye Institute has pediatric ophthalmologists who specialize in eye care for children.

Pediatric ophthalmologists diagnose and treat:

Eye exams

When children have trouble seeing, it affects more than just their vision. It can also affect their learning and development. About 10 percent of pre-school and 25 percent of school-aged children struggle with vision problems. Identifying these problems early offers the best chance to correct the problem.

Early eye exams are important to check for:

Your family doctor or pediatrician will likely perform the first exam on your child's eyes by the age of 6 months as part of your baby's wellness care. If eye problems are suspected, your doctor may refer you to an eye doctor for further evaluation.

Gundersen optometrists and ophthalmologists have the equipment and training needed to examine and test for vision problems in children, even those who are too young or too shy to verbalize.

Your child's eyes should also be examined around age 3, and just before they enter the first grade (around age 5 or 6). For school-aged children, an eye exam at least every two years is recommended if no vision correction is required.

Glasses designed for young children

Some vision problems in children, if detected early, can be improved or resolved with prescription corrective glasses. The challenge is finding eyeglasses to fit infants and very young children. Their faces are smaller, wider and with no bridge at the nose.

Gundersen Eye Institute in La Crosse and Gundersen Eye Clinic Decorah, bring you Solo Bambini™, a specialty line of eyewear designed expressly for children—newborn and up—with frames as small as 3 1/8” from hinge to hinge. The softness and delicate features of these frames give you and your young child a comfortable alternative to traditional stiff metal or hard plastic frames that can be ill fitting and awkward looking.

Solo Bambini frames are durable and resist breaking yet they are soft and pliable, so they fit comfortably and will not lose their shape. If your child falls asleep in them or accidently sits on them…no problem. And the frames have no screws or metal parts to worry about.

Durable polycarbonate lenses are impact and scratch resistant with 100 percent ultraviolet (UV) protection built in. Lenses can also be tinted or treated with anti-reflective coating.

To learn more, talk with your eye doctor or a Gundersen optician.

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