Your baby's first eye exam
Your child’s vision undergoes more development in the first year of life than any other time. Some vision issues can be missed during a routine pediatric vision screening. A comprehensive InfantSEE eye examination is the only way to get a thorough look at your child’s visual development.
Visual Acuity (20/20)
Using special tools, Dr. Shasteen can tell how well your baby can see. They may not be able to read letters, but Dr. Shasteen can still tell if they have great vision or if there is reason to be concerned. Dr. Shasteen looks at each eye independently and together to get the best possible assessment of your babies visual acuity.
Strabismus (Eye Turn)
Many eye turns can be seen by parents or pediatricians. However, some eye turns are more subtle, and more difficult to catch with an untrained eye. A comprehensive exam looks for these types of deficiencies in eye teaming and coordination. Left untreated eye turns can lead to decreased depth perception, poor coordination, amblyopia (lazy eye).
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Eye turns, strong glasses prescriptions, and cataracts can all lead to amblyopia. While we think of amblyopia as an eye disease, it actually impacts a child’s brain development. Left untreated, the brain does not get the proper information from the eyes. Early detection and treatment are key to preventing permanent vision loss.
Refractive Error (Glasses Prescription)
Using special lights and lenses, Dr. Shasteen is able to tell if your baby needs glasses to help correction blurred vision or amblyoipia. Using eye drops, the focusing muscles of the eyes are relaxed allowing for the most accurate prescription possible. While not the most fun part of the eye exam, eye drops are safe and necessary to gather the best data to ensure a thorough assessment of glasses prescription.
Binocular Vision (Eye Coordination)
Strabismus is no the only type of eye turn that can affect depth perception. Other eye coordination issues can impact development and learning. A baby cannot tell you if he or she is seeing double and often time a babies brain will quickly learn to compensate for double vision by suppressing vision from one eye. Dr. Shasteen will be able to determine if your child is using his or her eyes together or if he or she is suppressing, (ignoring) an eye.
Oculomotor Skills (Eye Tracking)
Often undervalued and overlooked, eye tracking skills are just as important as other areas of visual performance. We have six muscles per eye that help us to track up, down, left, right, and diagonal. In fact, they are some of the strongest muscles in the body. Poor oculomotor skills can have a negative impact on development, eye-hand coordination, play, and eventually reading and learning.
External Eye Health
Using special magnifying lenses, Dr. Shasteen will evaluate your child’s external eye health. Here she will look for conditions such as blocked tear ducts, eye allergies, and cataracts. She will also evaluate your baby’s peripheral or side vision.
Internal Eye Health
In addition to providing the most accurate glasses prescription possible, eye drops also help Dr. Shasteen get a comprehensive look inside the eyes. Here she will evaluate for sight threatening conditions such as cataracts and retinoblastoma, a rare but serious eye cancer that has beome known as the “white pupil”.
At the end of your baby’s complete eye examination Dr. Shasteen will review her findings with you. You will have the time to ask as many questions as you would like. She will also go over any follow up care your baby may need.
because your baby deserves to have their best start to life
It’s estimated that nearly 80% of learning occurs through the visual system. Dr. Shasteen utilizes special baby friendly equipment, lights, and her expertise as Northwest Ohio’s ONLY eye doctor fellowship trained in pediatrics and vision therapy to make sure your baby is seeing his or her best!
Windows to the world
Dr. Shasteen is a volunteer for the InfantSee® Program. The program provides a no-cost comprehensive eye examination for babies between the ages of 6 and 12 months.
Call today to schedule this important assessment!
absolutely no cost to you
The InfantSEE exam is provided at absolutely no cost to you. If does not matter what type on insurance, or even if you have insurance. The eye exam is free to your baby between the ages of 6 months and 1 year! As a volunteer for the InfantSEE program, Dr. Shasteen believes your babies vision is of utmost importance. There’s a wonderful world out there, and Dr. Shasteen wants to help make sure your baby is ready to take it on!
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