Children’s Eye Exams in Modesto

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Give Your Child’s Eyes the Attention They Need

Children’s eyes are constantly growing and changing. Children rely on their eyes to experience the world around them, learn, play, and grow. If your child has an uncorrected vision problem, they may struggle at school, with friends, or with extracurricular activities.

Strong, healthy eyes are essential for children’s overall growth. But nearly 25% of American school-aged children have an undiagnosed vision problem that impacts their ability to learn. To ensure your child’s eyes won’t hold them back, it’s important to take them for regular eye exams designed for their care.

At Stanislaus Optometric Center, Inc., our eye care team knows how scary an eye exam can be for our littlest patients. We do our best to keep your kids at ease and comfortable during their appointment so they always love coming back. Please call us to book their appointment today!

Signs of a Possible Vision Problem

Children aren’t always aware of a vision problem or able to articulate it if they are. As a parent or guardian, you can help your child by watching for some common signs. If you notice any of the following symptoms, please call us and book an eye exam for your child:

  • Frequent rubbing of the eyes
  • Frequent blinking
  • Complaining of discomfort or fatigue
  • Avoiding reading or other close activities
  • Losing place while reading or forgetting what was read
  • Holding reading material too close
  • Covering one eye
  • Squinting
  • Tilting head to one side
  • One or both eyes turning in or out
  • Double vision
  • Unusually low performance in school

How Often Should Children Have Eye Exams?

The first 6 years of your child’s life are when your child’s eyes are at their most vulnerable. These years are critical developmental years when your child learns how to use their eyes and develops strong visual skills. These years are also when your child is most susceptible to developing harmful vision changes.

Regular eye exams are essential for maintaining your child’s ocular health and ensuring their eyes are developing properly, correcting vision problems, and detecting signs of more serious conditions. Children should have an eye exam that corresponds to their visual needs based on their age.

Even if there’s no sign of a vision problem, you should bring your baby in for their first eye exam at 6 months of age. During the first 4 months of life, your baby’s eyes improve significantly and become their primary way of engaging with the world around them.

During this first exam, your optometrist checks your baby’s eyes for many things, including refraction errors, eye movement, eye alignment, and overall ocular health. While eye health problems aren’t common in children, early diagnosis and early treatment give your child the best chance to overcome them.

The preschool years are critical in your child’s visual development. During these years, they start fine-tuning their visual abilities, like eye-hand-body coordination, fine motor skills, and visual perceptual skills necessary for reading and writing.

It’s also during the preschool years that vision problems like crossed (strabismus) eyes, lazy eyes (amblyopia), high hyperopia, and astigmatism can become apparent.

To ensure your child has no vision problems, they should undergo an eye exam performed by an optometrist at least once between the ages of 2 and 5. Your optometrist will check that your child’s eyes are developing properly and look for early signs of possible eye disease. If a problem is found, we’ll ensure your child receives the right prescription or treatment plan to correct it.

Strong, healthy eyes are a major key to helping your child succeed in school. Undiagnosed vision problems during these essential developmental years can lead to struggles in school or cause your child to avoid activities and games they might enjoy. As your child grows and moves through grades at school, their eyes will be met with increased demands, like reading, studying, homework, and extracurricular activities.

While your child is in school, annual eye exams will help ensure their eyes are healthy and that vision problems won’t hold them back. During an eye exam, your optometrist will check their:

  • Visual acuity: the ability to see clearly at varying distances.
  • Eye focusing: the ability to focus when looking at objects at different distances.
  • Eye tracking: the ability to follow (or track) an object accurately.
  • Binocular vision: the eyes’ ability to work together as a team (needed for depth perception).
  • Eye teaming: the ability to coordinate and use both eyes together when moving the eyes.
  • Eye-hand coordination: the ability to use visual information to direct the hands.
  • Visual perception: the brain’s ability to make sense of what the eyes see.

Give Your Child a Head Start at Stanislaus Optometric Center, Inc.

A vision screening isn’t the same thing as an eye exam. Up to 75% of vision screenings miss common vision problems, which can affect your child’s ability to learn and participate in school. The most common vision problem is refraction error, like astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. But a child can still have a vision problem and have 20/20 eyesight.

A comprehensive eye exam performed by a trained optometrist can catch early signs of vision problems that require treatment. Please call us to book your child’s eye exam today!

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Our Location


Find us at 4028 Dale Road, right next to Dale Family Dental and Opti Physical Therapy.

Where to Park?

We have a large parking lot with ample free parking.

Our Address

4028 Dale Road #102
Modesto, CA 95356 9561

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Hours of Operation

8:30 AM5:30 PM
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Open one Saturday a month
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