PEDIATRIC EYE CARE
Dr. Affleck offers pediatric eye care. This means he treats patients from infants to adults. Children are comfortable around Dr. Affleck. He laughs and plays with them until they feel calm in his present. He examines them on their parent’s lap so they feel safe. Dr. Affleck can exam children even before they can talk and tell them what they see. This is important because children don’t always understand or can explain their vision problems.
OUR SPECIAL “VISIT THE OFFICE” TOUR
If your child is uncomfortable at hospitals or medical clinics, please let us know. We will schedule a FREE special “visit the office.” Your child will have the opportunity to:
- Look around the office.
- Talk with our ophthalmic tech in an exam room.
- Sit in our exam chair.
- Be shown the special equipment we use and play a quick light game.
- Lastly, we will give your child a coloring packet. It helps them become familiar with the icons they are ask to identify during their visit.
WHAT PARENTS AND OTHERS CAN DO BEFORE A VISIT
Visits at the office can go smoother with the following tips:
Talk positive about seeing Dr. Affleck and how important it is that your child does what Dr. Affleck asks. Explain what will happen so your child is prepared.
TALK ABOUT SITTING STILL AND OPENING THEIR EYES WIDE WHEN DR. AFFLECK ASKS.
First, explain how to sit still and opening their eyes. Next, show them how Dr. Affleck will come close their eye, but how it will not hurt. Lastly, role play with your child. Take turns being the patient and then Dr. Affleck. Have fun and laugh.
BRING SPECIAL TOYS
Bring special toys that your child rarely gets to play. These toys are allowed when calmly waiting for the doctor. This makes your time more relaxed too!
SCHEDULE AT THE RIGHT TIME
Please avoid scheduling your visit during normal nap or meal times. If they are feeling ill, reschedule.
Babies 6 to 12 Months
Children 12 to 36 Months
Children 3 to 5 years
Children ages 5+
Children should be examine by Dr. Affleck when...
PATIENT STORY BY DR. AFFLECK
“I have been seeing these cute twin boys for years. My goodness, they are in their teens now. One time after Christmas when they were about 7 years old, I was telling them about the Lego toys my son their age had gotten from Santa. To my surprise they both asked if they could come to my house to play with my son and his new toys.”
Your eyes must work together if you want depth perception. Your depth perception is defined as understanding how far apart objects are from each other. Someone with poor depth perception lacks the ability to hit a ball being thrown at them, or misjudges how far a car is when driving.
When a child is first born, their eyes may cross or wander for the first few months. However, by 4-6 month old if there is misalignment even occasionally your child must be examined by Dr. Affleck. The concern is an eye condition called strabismus.
The brain as well as your eye are what help you see. Therefore your visual system is made up with both the eyes and the brain. Your eyes send signals/images you are focusing on to your brain. It is the brain that uses the signals to form a picture.
Strabismus also known as crossed eyes is when the eyes do not work together. Someone with strabismus may only have one eye looking at you when you are talking together. The other eye is looking in another direction.