Pediatric Eye Care

Pediatric Eye Care Specialist
The staff at South Shore Eye Care understands your desire to protect your children and provide them with the highest standard of care possible. South Shore Eye Care’s pediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. Jonathan Benjamin, has dedicated his career to helping children see better so they can learn, play, and succeed. You can confidently entrust the compassionate team at South Shore Eye Care with the care of your littlest loved ones.

Pediatric Eye Care Q & A

How Often Should My Child Have an Eye Exam?

Children with healthy eyes should be seen:

  • At 6 months of age
  • When they are 3 years old
  • Before first grade
  • Then every other year until they reach age 18

Children with refractory errors, eye disease, or systemic diseases that can impact their eye health or eyesight may need to be seen more often. The first step is scheduling a comprehensive exam so the staff at South Shore Eye Care can thoroughly review their medical history and recommend an exam schedule that best protects your child’s eyesight.

What Signs Might Indicate That My Young Child is Having Difficulty Seeing?

Many parents worry that they may miss vision problems in their infant or toddler due to their inability to communicate. Things you can watch for at home include squinting or head tilting, which might indicate that your child is having a difficult time focusing. In older children, difficulty reading (mistaking letters or missing lines) should prompt an eye exam as well.

Can Children Wear Contact Lenses?

The answer depends on the age of the child, their maturity level, and your comfort level as the parent. Children as young as 7 years old can wear contact lenses for sports, but not all children are responsible enough to adequately care for their eyes and contact lenses to prevent infection and complications. The staff at South Shore Eye Care understands how hard it can be to make decisions about contact lenses for your children and will work with you to ensure you have all the information you need to make the best choice for your child.

Are There Eyeglasses Available That are Kid-Tough?

You make a significant investment in glasses and understandably expect them to last in return. Look for kid-proof frames, plastic or polycarbonate lenses, and a minimum 1-year warranty on both to get the most value for your money.

How Can I Prepare My Child For a Visit to the Ophthalmologist?

The doctors at South Shore Eye Care will treat your little one with kindness and respect and connect with them at their own level to create comfort and confidence in the office. You can help by presenting their eye exam as a positive, exciting event.

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