Pediatric Optometry Services in St. George
We are a full-service optometry office specializing in pediatric optometry care. We offer a range of services to help our patients see and perform their best.
Routine Eye Exams
Routine eye checkups evaluate vision, visual function, and overall eye health. It includes refraction which determines glasses prescription. Testing is performed to evaluate focus, eye movement, and eye coordination. The doctor uses special equipment to take a thorough look at the front of the eye as well as inside the eye to check the health. All ages are welcome however we love children and specialize in eye exams for children ages 0-21.
Medical Eye Examinations
At our office, we also evaluate and treat eye infections, scratches or injuries to the eye, red eyes, irritated eyes, and more. We do a thorough check on the ocular health of diabetics and send a report to the primary physician. Eye exams are recommended after any head trauma, concussion, or black eye with or without noticeable visual symptoms. Call our office with any questions regarding eye health.
Sports vision is for people who are looking to take their eyes and visual systems to the next level. An individualized sports vision program is developed to improve reaction time, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness. A person’s current visual function and particular sport needs are evaluated to develop an individualized program. Sports vision can provide that extra edge and lead to improved performance in his or her field.
Vision therapy is a prescribed program of activities done in the office to strengthen connections from the eyes to the brain. Vision therapy is prescribed when glasses or contacts alone cannot correct vision problems. This may be because a patient’s visual system has not developed properly or due to a concussion, injury, or stroke.
Visual therapy can help when a child is struggling due to troubles focusing on things up close, tracking movements, keeping his or her place while reading, or trouble with eyes working as a team. It can also help with eyes that turn or wander and/or are lazy. As most of our learning is done through our eyes, visual therapy can help improve performance in school, increase concentration, and help in many other areas of daily life.
Initial testing and vision therapy evaluation by the doctor is needed to determine if vision therapy is recommended. The doctor develops individual programs focusing on the needs of the patient. Treatment time generally ranges from 12 to 36 weekly sessions with additional at-home activities.
Glasses and Contact Lenses
Our doctor provides prescriptions for glasses when needed. We provide glasses for everyday wear as well as sports goggles or specialty glasses for specific activities.
Style and comfort are both important! Our staff helps ensure a good fit with appropriate materials for the age and prescription of the patient.
There are many options available in contact lenses in a range of prescriptions. Daily soft contact lenses are a great option for patients new to contact lenses with great comfort and easy care.
Colored contact lenses can be a lot of fun and are available in a wide variety of options.
There are also hard contact lenses that can be worn at night to gently reshape the eye (much like a retainer) which allows the patient to see without glasses and contact lenses during the day. Ask our doctor about what options may work for you or your child.
Myopia or nearsightedness is on the rise. Currently, over 40% of the US is nearsighted and by 2050 that is expected to reach 50%. Risk factors include family history, excessive time spent focusing up close such as looking at a computer, phone, or reading, and limited exposure to sunlight. As prescriptions get higher so do risks of sight-threatening complications such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachments, and maculopathy.
While glasses or contacts are necessary for good vision, other treatments are now available that have been shown to slow progression as children grow. Depending on the risk of progression, recommendations may include spending more time outdoors and limiting screen time, specialty contact lenses like orthokeratology or soft multifocal contact lenses, and/or pharmacologic eyedrops.