Did you know that up to 10% of preschool children have vision difficulties? Many states now require an eye exam before your child starts school. Dr. Diana Zabarko, optometrist with Avant Garde Vision Center in Wayne, New Jersey, welcomes children to her practice. As a parent, you’re her partner in ensuring your child’s eye health. Call the office or book an appointment online today with Dr. Diana.
Eye health is important for normal developmental growth. If vision problems are not diagnosed early, your child may develop problems in school. At the least, it is much more difficult for your child when he or she can’t see the board clearly or what’s on the iPad. Dr. Zabarko checks your child for all of these potential problems:
Dr. Zabarko can check your child’s eyes at as young as 5 years old to ensure that all is well. If no problems exist, then you can schedule appointments every two years. If there are problems, Dr. Zabarko works with you to determine the best check-up schedule for your child.
Dr. Zabarko creates a welcoming environment for the children who visit her practice. For kids, her name becomes “Dr. Diana.” She talks with parents about the child and gains relevant medical history prior to the exam to ensure a successful experience for your child. For example, she discovers whether your preschooler can identify letters or whether a picture chart would be more useful for the exam.
During the exam, Dr. Zabarko conducts an acuity test to determine if your child needs glasses and also checks for eye alignment and any other abnormalities. For the vision test, the technician fits your child with special glasses that allow her to see only out of the eye being tested. This also prevents your child from trying to peek to see letters that she otherwise may not be able to see, as some children want to be able to see every letter.
When conducting the vision test, Dr. Zabarko adapts the eye chart to your child’s age. If the eye chart with a line of letters is too difficult for your young child, she adapts it by isolating the letters. To examine the retina, instead of trying to put your toddler’s head against a machine, Dr. Zabarko simply has the child look directly at her while using a retinoscope.