Pediatric Eye Exams in Surrey, B.C.

Pediatric Eye ExamExperts say 65% (or more) of a child’s learning is visual.  Vision issues, especially in children, can clearly affect your child’s ability to learn.  At Abasa Optical, we understand how important it is to you and your child or children to have both great vision and vision care. It then becomes imperative that for children to have the visual resources they need to grow and develop properly, an eye doctor must check their eyes and vision at certain stages of their development.

At Abasa Optical, we pride ourselves on the ability to offer excellent services in the eye and vision care for your child during this critical time of development. Our friendly and welcoming atmosphere gives you a feel of comfort. You can trust us with your entire family’s eye and vision care needs; our proven track record speaks volume, and if you’ve been looking for an eye doctor to meet your kid’s vision needs, search no more!

At our eye care clinic, it is our desire that your child enjoys crisp vision regardless of distance. Our aim is to ensure that your child’s vision is super clear, enabling him or her to do well in school and sports activities. Same can be said for social activities, as these fun and formative activities or interaction may dwindle as a result of your child’s inability to see clearly.

Furthermore, poor performance may also creep in—creating room for low self-esteem and a diminished quality of life. We don’t want that to happen to you or your child, and our highly experienced optometrist, Dr. Rohit Sachdeva, has the expertise to prevent any of these occurrences.

Because we take it upon ourselves to clearly understand what is at stake, we are able to meet every vision problem that confronts us. We do all that is within our capacity to ensure that kids tell us about themselves, their interests and visual expectations– including unique lifestyle. We entertain questions, so bring them as much as you can when preparing your child for an eye examination at our center. It is guaranteed that our optometrist will focus on your child’s vision needs with patience and professional expertise.

When is it Necessary to Carry out a Pediatric Eye Exam?

child eye exam

The first examination should take place when your child is at six months old.

  • Second examination when your child reaches 3 years old.
  • The third examination should be before the start of elementary school–around age 5-6
  • For follow-up examinations, it should be done at a minimum of every 2 years for kids without eyeglasses and pediatric risk factors. Should your child requires any kind of eye treatment or vision correction, our eye doctor will offer personalized instructions regarding an appropriate time to schedule an appointment. 

Depending upon the child’s age and health, the testing procedure may vary from one child to another.  We like to ask questions regarding their family eye history, as hereditary issues are an important factor in a child’s overall visual assessment. We customize your child’s eye examination appropriately because we know every child is unique.

Newborns and Infants (birth - 2 years old)

During the first few months of life, the visual system grows and develops much quicker. As professionals in optometry, we critically assess your infant’s ability to focus with the eyes teaming together. What this means is that your child ’s brain learns to process cues and use them for motor skills, for example crawling and walking.

Toddlers and Preschoolers (age 2-5)

At this stage, your child uses every moment to learn and develop. Learning to read, write, draw, build block, and even play an array of games, which usually require eye-hand coordination and depth perception. We get so many questions from parents in regards to keeping an eye on the child’s visual abilities. Here are some of the early warnings signs you may want to keep an eye out for:

• When your child squints and blinks at a constant rate

• Holding books closely to their face

• Closely seated to the screens

• Avoiding workbook pages or puzzles

• Complains of headaches and tired eyes.

If any of the above happens to your child, we advise you schedule a pediatric eye exam as soon as possible. Our optometrist will evaluate your child’s visual acuity and functional vision as well as checking for conditions such as crossed eyes or lazy eyes. If these conditions are neglected and left untreated, learning could be impaired.

School-Age Children (age 6-18)

There is no way around this, good vision is necessary for education. With an undetected vision condition, your child may be frustrated, endure low self-esteem, and have difficulty learning. Fortunately, we can help.

Be on the lookout for these warning signs:

• Loss of place while reading

• Struggling to hold focus

• Complaints about double vision

• Constant headaches

• Frequent blinking

When any of these happens, then there is a need for a complete and thorough eye exam. We evaluate the following during an eye exam:

• Visual acuity

• Eye teaming (Binocularity)

• Focusing ability (Accommodation)

 Peripheral vision

• Color vision

• Eye health

• Hand-eye coordination

• Tracking skills

Dr. Rohit Sachdeva - Optometrist

If our team determines that your child indeed has a vision problem, a number of therapeutic options like prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and laser surgery may be discussed, depending on the nature and severity of the identified condition(s). Since some conditions are much easier to treat when caught early during the developmental stage, it is in your best interest and that of your child that any eye condition is diagnosed early.

Vision Correction and Vision Therapy

At Abasa Optical, we strive to keep an open relationship with our patients. To this end, we make it a point of duty to always share all the results of your kid’s eye exam with you, the parent. If there is a recommendation for vision correction or treatment as the case may be, our team extensively discusses the options available with you. 

We are proud to have served families in the Surrey, Langley, Cloverdale, and Panorama Ridge areas over the years, restoring vision and treating all kinds of eye conditions.