EYE EMERGENCIES

Healthy vision is one of the most important components of your child’s wellness.

Vision develops rapidly starting at birth and is tied to many developmental milestones, such as hand-eye coordination and reading. In the long term, your child’s vision will impact how they learn, play, and interact with the world.

While there may be some obvious signs of visual disorders, many vision problems can only be detected by a qualified eye doctor during a comprehensive eye exam.

Schedule an appointment at Primary Eyecare Group, and give your child the gift of clear vision.

Is your child having trouble seeing?

It is not always easy to spot vision problems in kids.

Some symptoms are more obvious, like squinting or holding reading materials very close. But often the early signs are subtle and can even be misdiagnosed.

Your child may be experiencing a vision problem if he or she does any of the following:

  • Avoids reading and close-up work like coloring or doing puzzles
  • Seems to work slow or not understand the task
  • Complains of fatigue or headaches
  • Has a short attention span or seems distracted
  • Covers one eye or tilts head when focusing on something
  • Shows sensitivity to light
  • Exhibits difficulty with coordination

Common eye disorders in children

Vision can be affected by many things, including the shape of the eyeball, how the eyes and brain work together, and by other diseases or medical conditions. The good news is that many eye disorders can be successfully identified and treated.

The most common eye disorders are caused by the shape and alignment of the eyes, including:

Strabismus is when the eyes do not align properly. This is often referred to as “crossed eyes.”

Amblyopia is poor vision in one eye, and is sometimes referred to as “lazy eye.” It usually occurs before the age of eight. Infants born prematurely or with low birth weight are at greater risk.

Refractive errors cause blurry images due to the shape of the eyeball or lens. These common conditions are easily treated with glasses or contact lenses. There are three types of refractive errors:

  • Myopia or nearsightedness is good close vision but poor distance vision.
  • Hyperopia or farsightedness is poor up-close vision. Distant objects can easily be seen.
  • Astigmatism is imperfect vision at any distance.

Eye exam schedule for kids

Routine eye exams are a crucial part of your child’s well being and readiness for learning. Many parents do not know that school screenings are not the same as eye exams. Even with 20/20 vision, your child can still have problems that only an eye doctor can detect.

Newborns have their eyes checked before leaving the hospital. And leading medical organizations recommend comprehensive eye exams for health, vision development, and alignment at these ages:

  • Between 6 and 12 months
  • 3 years of age
  • Every other year throughout the school years

Support your child’s highest potential — schedule an appointment at Primary Eyecare Group today.

Patient Testimonials

Great friendly customer service-minded staff that never have a bad day. Management is excellent as are the doctors.

Queen A.

If you could give them ten stars, I would. Everyone there is friendly and personable. Dr. Engle is great at explaining everything so I can understand it. And he is actually fun, too! I feel like I am in great hands at Primary Eyecare. And it’s the best place to get great frames for your prescriptions or just for sunglasses. They have all the great brands! Go!

Suzy H.

This is an enjoyable place to visit even if you’re going to the doctor :-). The doctors are quite capable and enjoyable people. The people that help you pick out glass frames are good at what they do and the ladies behind the front desk are also top notch!

Sharon C.

My experience at Primary Eye Care is always 100 percent rewarding. From the moment I enter all staff members are professional and welcoming. Dr. Van Hoven is brilliant; the ultimate and best physician ever! He makes me feel right at home!

Brenda H.

Dr Pete VanHoven is wonderful. I have been seeing him for many many years. His staff is amazing and he always has the most up to date, state of the art equipment for testing every every area of your eyes and vision. I give them a 5 star review and would recommend him to anyone in need of an excellent eye doctor.

Bettie H.

Primary Eyecare is full of wonderful doctors and staff. Dr. Young, along with his colleagues, is extremely knowledgeable. They are always up to date on the latest research. The office is friendly and welcoming and the wait time is minimal. I highly recommend Primary Eyecare Group!

Wendy F.

Every time I go to PRIMARY EYECARE , I feel like my vision/ eyes are being taken care of by the best. Every appointment has been superb. From the front desk to Crystal to Dr Pete, I leave knowing if I ever experience vision issues, I am in the best hands in town. Kudos!

Michie F.

I have severe case of dry eye and for years I could not wear contacts since I’ve been seeing Dr. pace my dry eyes have improved 99% and as of today I’m wearing contacts my eyes feel great. Love this place all of the doctors are great.

Bernice B.

Great overall experience! I simply dread eye exams. The pupil dilation, the touching my eyeball with instruments, and the puff of air are not pleasant in any way. However, today was the exception. I didn’t experience any of those things and I had the best and most thorough eye exam ever. Everyone was pleasant, informative, and helpful. I highly recommend!!!!!

Vicki S.

Today was my first visit to this office, and EVERYONE was professional, friendly, and very helpful. Dr. Young was very knowledgeable and listened patiently to my concerns and thoughts. From the front desk to the frame selection room, I was treated with respect and kindness. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Judith H.

This is probably the first doctor’s office of any kind I have visited where everyone had a welcoming attitude! I took my oldest daughter there for an exam this morning and ALL the staff we encountered at her visit were super nice and professional! The optometrist was thorough and engaged. I made an appointment for my other daughter and I before we left!

Andrea B.

This was my first exam with Dr.Pace and she is an excellent eye doctor. She was very thorough and took the time to explain everything. She even plucked a stray eyelash that was on a collision course with my cornea. The staff is also very helpful and I would highly recommend them to everyone.

Tom W.

Staff were all professional and personable, making the whole experience a pleasant one. Really got the impression that people really knew their job and that the latest in eye care technology was in use. So glad we found this group.

Walter M.

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