Vision Screening

Comprehensive Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Edison, NJ

Vision issues affect as many as 10% of young children in the United States. At Comprehensive Pediatrics in Edison, New Jersey, the pediatricians offer in-office vision screenings for children of all ages, starting at six months of age. The team focuses on reducing risk factors for long-term vision problems, including eye misalignments and vision loss. To schedule a pediatric vision screening, call Comprehensive Pediatrics or request an appointment online today.

Vision Screening Q & A

Why does my child need vision screenings?

The team at Comprehensive Pediatrics offers on-site vision screenings as part of your child’s preventive health care plan. They offer age-appropriate vision tests for children as young as six months old and typically perform the screening during your child’s routine physical exam.

The purpose of vision screening is to identify potential vision issues that can interfere with your child’s development and learning processes. The team also works with you and your child to reduce the likelihood your child develops long-term vision complications or vision loss as they grow.

In addition to ensuring your child’s vision is healthy, vision screenings may also be a requirement of school and sports registration. Older teens may need a routine vision screening for employment or to secure their driver’s license.

You can also request a vision screening if your child has difficulty seeing faraway objects in school, like the whiteboard, or if they have trouble with their close-up vision that interferes with reading and writing.

What’s involved in a vision screening?

For infants six months and older, the Comprehensive Pediatrics team offers visual evoked potential (VEP) tests. This test measures the electrical signals the brain produces in response to lights. Any damage in the visual pathway that can cause vision issues reduces the intensity of the feedback signals.

For older children, the Comprehensive Pediatrics providers evaluate your child’s eye alignment to identify misalignment in the eyes (strabismus) and lazy eye (amblyopia). 

The team also uses an eye chart to check your child’s visual acuity and identify issues, like nearsightedness and farsightedness, that may require prescription glasses.

What happens if a screening reveals a vision issue?

If your Comprehensive Pediatrics provider determines your child has difficulties with their vision, they can refer you to a pediatric optometrist or ophthalmologist for additional treatment and glasses if necessary.

The providers continue to perform routine screenings at annual physical exams to monitor your child’s vision as they grow.

To schedule a routine vision screening or address concerns you have about your child’s vision, contact Comprehensive Pediatrics by phone or use the online booking feature.