Pediatric Eye Care Specialist

Michael C. Shulkin, OD -  - Optometrist

Santa Rosa Optometry

Michael C. Shulkin, OD

Optometrist located in Santa Rosa, CA

When it comes to your child’s eyes, you want the best in care. Michael C. Shulkin, OD, and the outstanding team of providers at Santa Rosa Optometry provide exceptional pediatric eye care in a warm, friendly environment. Regular eye exams ensure that any vision problems your child may have can be identified and corrected before they interfere with learning to read and other schoolwork. To schedule a pediatric eye exam, call the Santa Rosa, California, office today, or make an appointment online.

Pediatric Eye Care

What is involved in pediatric eye care?

Pediatric eye care encompasses routine eye exams, vision correction, and treatment of eye conditions. The team at Santa Rosa Optometry has specialized training in eye care for babies, children, and teenagers.

What happens in a pediatric eye exam?

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children should have a comprehensive eye exam at age 6 months, 3 years, and annually once they begin kindergarten.

The friendly providers at Santa Rosa Optometry perform pediatric eye exams that assess all aspects of vision, including:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Focusing skills
  • Depth perception
  • Color vision
  • Motor-visual skills

Your provider will carefully look for anything that could affect your child’s ability to learn, including eye posture, differences between the left and right eye, and eye-tracking skills.

How do I know if my child is having vision problems?

Because children can’t always communicate when they’re having trouble seeing, routine eye exams are the best way to monitor their vision. You should schedule an exam promptly if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Squinting
  • Wandering (“lazy”) eyes
  • Frequent closing or covering of one eye
  • Eyes that shake or vibrate
  • Frequent tilting of the head
  • Eyes that don’t move together
  • Trouble identifying objects        
  • Changes in shape or color of eyes

If your child relies on their finger to read, often loses their place in the text, or just isn’t progressing as a reader, it’s a good idea to schedule a pediatric eye exam to determine if a vision problem is preventing them from reading as well as they should.

Can my young child wear glasses?

It’s quite common for toddlers to wear glasses, and even some babies can wear them. According to the AOA, around 25% of school-aged children need some degree of vision correction. Older children and teens can also wear contact lenses if they’re responsible enough to care for them properly.

Flexible frames and durable polycarbonate lenses with a scratch-resistant coating are popular choices for active children. Kids do break their glasses sometimes, but most glasses come with a one-year warranty so you can replace them once at no cost if needed.

To learn more, or to schedule a comprehensive pediatric eye exam, call Santa Rosa Optometry today, or make an appointment online.