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Children's Eye Exams

Proper vision is essential for learning and safety. When children can’t see well, they may underperform in school or sports without realizing poor vision is to blame.

A brief vision screening by a pediatrician or at school is not the same as a comprehensive eye exam from an optometrist. Children need a thorough evaluation of their eyes and vision to detect and treat problems as early as possible. 

Pediatric eye exams are available at all Wisconsin Vision locations and are performed by a licensed optometrist, not a technician.

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Kids eye exams in Wisconsin

What is tested during a pediatric eye exam?

Tests and procedures may vary based on the patient’s age, overall health, and vision. Your eye doctor will customize the exam to meet your child’s needs. In general, we assess many different aspects of pediatric eye health and vision including:

visual acuity testing for children in Wisconsin Visual Acuity

binocular vision testing for kids Binocular Vision

evaluating peripheral vision in children Visual Field

retinoscopy to determine refactive error in children's vision Retinoscopy

eye movement tests during a pediatric eye examination in Wisconsin Eye Movement

pediatric eye health assessment by a licensed optometrist in Wisconsin Eye Health

testing pupil response as part of a kids' eye exam Pupil Response

Other things your optometrist may check during a child’s eye exam:

3 years Toddlers should have their first eye exam at age 3.
5-6 years Kids should have an eye exam before starting 5K.
6-18 years Once a year or as recommended by your eye doctor.

According to the American Optometric Association, an infant’s first eye exam should be at 6 months old. Please contact us for a referral for children under 3 years old.

Preparing for your child’s first eye exam

  • For the Parent

The eye doctor will ask you about your child’s medical history before their first eye exam. Be ready to provide information including:

  • Medications
  • Medical conditions
  • Allergies
  • Family medical history
  • Your child’s primary care physician

If your child wears glasses or contacts, bring them to the appointment. Let the optometrist know if you have any concerns about your child’s eyes or vision, or if you’ve noticed any symptoms such as watery eyes, frequent headaches, or squinting.

  • For the Child

If your child is nervous about getting an eye exam there are things you can do to reduce anxiety and have a more enjoyable visit.

Tell your child when you schedule their first eye exam. It can help to visit the eye clinic ahead of time so they’re already familiar with the location on the day of the appointment. You can also bring your child along when you get an eye exam to show them it’s painless and important for everyone to do.

Explain the basics of an eye exam in plain language. Tell them they’ll be asked to look at different shapes and pictures, and that the doctor will shine a light to look at their eyes.

Encourage your child to ask questions. If you don’t have the answer, let them know they can ask the eye doctor questions during the exam. Your child can also bring along a favorite toy or stuffed animal to hold.

  • Are kids’ eyes dilated during an eye exam?

The American Optometric Association recommends dilating a patient’s eyes every year as part of a comprehensive eye exam. Is it necessary? Absolutely. Dilating drops are safe and effective for a child of any age.

However, with our practice, we now take a digital image, with our state-of-the-art Optos® system, which can provide us with more than a 200-degree field of view of the back of the eye. Optomap® retinal exams don't necessarily replace dilation. If the eye doctor finds something in the image, a dilated eye exam may be required for further evaluation.

Most common side effects of dilating drops include: light sensitivity, enlargement of the pupil, and blurry vision. These side effects typically last 4-6 hours, depending on the type and concentration of the dilation drops used.

If you have any other questions about the tests done during a pediatric eye exam, please contact your Wisconsin Vision. Our doctors of optometry and trained opticians are happy to help.

Pediatric eye exams in Wisconsin

Pediatric eye exam cost

Most vision insurance plans cover the cost of a yearly pediatric eye exam. Our eye doctors accept many insurance and union plans, and we offer free benefit checks. Just call or stop by and we’ll let you know what’s covered.

Without insurance, a children's eye exam costs $59 at all Wisconsin Vision locations (some restrictions may apply to promotional price, please see offer details). CareCredit is also accepted for eye exams and kids' eyewear at all our stores.

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After a kids’ eye exam:

When the exam is finished the eye doctor will go over the results with you, including any recommended treatments such as glasses, an eye patch, or vision therapy. If your child received eye drops during the exam they might have blurred vision or sensitivity to light for the next few hours, which is normal.

Even if your child never complains about their vision, it’s important to keep up with routine eye exams. Kids don’t always realize it or have the ability to explain when they’re having trouble seeing. Detecting vision problems early makes treatment much more effective.

Learn more about comprehensive eye exams at Wisconsin Vision or schedule an appointment online.

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Preparing for a toddler eye exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Can children have their eye test early?

Yes, if you or your child is concerned about their vision before their next scheduled eye exam, contact us. Staying up to date on vision changes is important to a child's performance in school, sports, or other leisure activities.

Can children's eye vision change?

It is not uncommon for children to need an adjustment to their prescription every year. This can even range from 8-10 months for some children.

Does Wisconsin Vision offer after school eye exams?

Yes, our locations offer after-school hours up until 6:00pm with select locations open until 7:00pm on most weekdays. Schedule an appointment online to confirm an after-school appointment at a Wisconsin Vision location near you.

How much do children's eye exams cost?

Eye exams for children cost $59 at Wisconsin Vision.

How can my child prepare for an eye exam?

Get a good night's sleep the night before the test. Bring prescribed glasses and/or contact lenses. Bring your insurance card or other useful insurance documentation. Prepare to describe any noticeable vision or eye concerns. Get comfortable—getting an eye exam is the first step to improved vision

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