Children’s cooperation during an exam may vary, which makes scheduling in a pediatric practice challenging, at times. We are working to see all of our patients in a timely manner and appreciate your patience.

  • We’ll take you and your child back to an exam room and review the medical history.
  • Your ophthalmic technician will do a thorough vision check.
  • Your technician may check your intraocular pressure.
  • Dilation drops will be administered at your child’s annual exam.
  • Dilation takes approximately 30-40 minutes.
  • If any special testing is needed, it will be performed at this time.
  • As a room becomes available, we’ll take you back to the exam room for an evaluation with the doctor.
  • Your provider will look at the back of the eye including the retina, optic nerve and lens.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, they’ll be reviewed at this point and a plan to follow-up will be made.

Refraction

To determine how your child’s eyes focus, the doctor will typically perform a refraction on all new patients and repeat it on a yearly basis thereafter. Most private medical insurance companies will not cover the refraction fee, although it is considered an essential part of the comprehensive eye exam. Our fee for the refraction is $50.00 and is collected in addition to any co-payments, deductibles, or coinsurance that you may owe for the medical portion of your eye exam.

Dilation

To complete a full exam (applies to all new patients and yearly exams for established patients), we will be placing dilating drops into your child’s eyes. This allows the doctor to examine the inside of the eyes and helps to determine how well your child can see.  This is generally done once a year. Our technicians are experienced in administering drops, so they will work with you and your child to make this process as smooth as possible.