Not all optometrists or optometry clinics are suited for kids.
Dr. Angela To, our Pediatric Specialist, is residency trained in pediatrics and vision therapy, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). Only 2.6% of optometry graduates go on to do pediatric residencies and about 10% of optometrists have their fellowship. She is one of only a handful of Optometrists in all of the Portland area that has undergone such rigorous training to ensure your kids are not just seeing the best but treated the best.
We recommend a child be seen at about 6 months of age, 3 years of age, and again before starting school.
Why? 80% of learning happens through their visual system. Development in all aspects of life coordinates through the visual system: balancing, walking, reading, writing, reading comprehension, classroom performance, concentration and attention are all tied to vision. A 2016 Vision Council study showed 58% of parents believed their children didn’t need an eye exam because their child didn’t complain of a problem. Children are very good at adapting to their environment and assume everyone sees the same as they do. They may not complain of not being able to see far away, or of seeing double, or of words moving on a page. We know that 1 in 4 school age children wear corrective lenses and that school screenings and pediatric exams only catch 5% of vision problems. A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to ensure all visual components are working well.|