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Children’s Eye Exams in Tennessee

At OPMT Vision Centers, we are proud to provide patients across Middle Tennessee with the high-quality eye care we’ve become known for. What sets us apart is our commitment to staying on the leading edge of developments in optometry, to ensure our patients have access to the most effective treatments available. No matter how unique your needs, we will find a solution that works for you.

We provide comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages, but we know that special care is necessary when diagnosing and treating eye problems in children. Children’s eyes are still developing, and it’s important to detect and manage eye conditions before they have a permanent effect on a patient’s vision.

Our Pediatric Optometrists

The team at OPMT Vision Centers is led by our founder Richard Durocher, O.D., an experienced optometrist specializing in vision therapy. Our expert eye doctors are dedicated to advancing the field of eye care through clinical studies and research in order to provide patients with optimal results.

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Pediatric Optometrists

Our Pediatric Optometrists

The team at OPMT Vision Centers is led by our founder Richard Durocher, O.D., an experienced optometrist specializing in vision therapy. Our expert eye doctors are dedicated to advancing the field of eye care through clinical studies and research in order to provide patients with optimal results.

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IS RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD!

Symptoms of Vision Problems in Children

It’s recommended that children undergo their first pediatric eye exam at around six months of age, and then every year thereafter. Between annual exams, parents and caregivers should keep an eye out for behaviors that could indicate a problem with your child’s vision, including:

  • Squinting or tilting head back to see
  • Excessive eye rubbing
  • Avoiding close-up activities like reading and coloring
  • Sitting too close to the TV or holding books too close
  • Frequent headaches

Pediatric Eye Care Services

Regular eye exams play a crucial role in your child’s development and help them reach their full potential, and at OPMT, we also provide treatment for common eye conditions that affect children.

 

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Pediatric Eye Exams

Children’s eyes are prone to different issues than those of adults, and children aren’t always able to communicate vision problems. If your child is experiencing problems with their sight, it’s essential that these issues are identified and corrected as quickly as possible, as vision trouble can hinder their ability to learn both inside and outside the classroom.

During eye exams for infants and toddlers, we engage children in age-appropriate tests, like seeing if their eyes will follow a colorful toy. For older children who can verbalize, we’ll assess their vision and eye health to ensure healthy development.

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strabismus

Amblyopia and
Strabismus Treatment

Two eye problems children can experience are amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes). These conditions occur when the eyes don’t work together as a team and become misaligned. As time goes on, the brain may begin to rely more heavily on the “better” eye, and your child might start to cover the “bad” eye.

Amblyopia and strabismus only get worse over time and can lead to more severe consequences for your child’s vision as they get older. Through vision therapy, we’re able to correct these conditions before they have a permanent impact.

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Myopia Control

If a child requires vision correction for myopia, or nearsightedness, their prescription will worsen as they get older — especially if their parents have a high degree of myopia. Severe myopia is not only more expensive to correct in the long term through procedures like LASIK, but extreme nearsightedness can also put individuals at risk for conditions such as retinal detachment and glaucoma in the future.

Myopia control therapies slow the progression of nearsightedness in children, keeping their prescriptions relatively low and reducing their risk for myopia-related side effects as adults. Common myopia control methods include multifocal lenses and orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, which uses specialty contact lenses to reshape the cornea overnight for clear vision throughout the day.

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Pediatric Eye Doctor in Nashville, Tennessee

Whether your child is in need of an annual eye exam or treatment for a condition that affects their sight, OPMT Vision Centers provides comprehensive eye and vision care for your entire family. Schedule your exam today by giving us a call.

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