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Pediatric Eye Care

When children have trouble seeing, it affects more than just their vision. It can also affect their learning and development. About 10 percent of preschool 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

Early eye exams are important to check for:

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. If eye problems are suspected, your eye doctor may refer you to our pediatric ophthalmologist for further evaluation.

Pediatric ophthalmologist

Certain eye conditions require the skill and expertise of a pediatric ophthalmologist.

Our pediatric ophthalmologist is fellowship-trained, meaning he has completed a residency in pediatric ophthalmology and is specially trained in pediatric eye care and pediatric eye surgery.

He provides medical and surgical management of childhood eye diseases, such as:

Specialty eyewear for kids

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.

Solo Bambini™

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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