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When you're seeking eye care for your kids, it's a great reassurance when your Urbandale or West Des Moines optometrist really understands your situation and concerns. Here at Lock Family Eye Care, the optometrists on our team, Dr. Michael Lock and Dr. Jenessa Lock, have five children, and two of those children wear glasses. In other words, we've been where you are, and we're delighted to provide the same level of pediatric eye care for your children that we would for our own, starting with one of the most important steps -- regular eye exams.
According to the American Optometric Association, children need their first eye exam by the age of 6 months, since by this age the brain and the eyes should be collaborating properly to allow for normal vision. (Children with obvious eye issues may need even earlier examinations.) Because our team is so aware of the importance of these exams, we happily participate in the public health program InfantSee. This means we will provide your 6-month-old to 12-month-old child with an eye exam in West Des Moines at no cost. We can check your baby's eye movement ability, eye alignment, eye teaming and eye health in this exam.
As your child reaches the age of 3 and becomes able to interact verbally with your West Des Moines and Urbandale optometrist, we will conduct another exam that may include vision testing with the use of a special eye chart that displays objects or shapes for our preschool patients. Indications of blurry vision may lead us to diagnose a refractive error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
This type of eye testing becomes even more critical at age 6, when your child is ready to enroll in grade school. Undiagnosed refractive errors can make reading, writing and studying unnecessarily hard or even impossible. (It's not unheard of for visual difficulties to be misinterpreted as dyslexia or a learning disorder.) We can correct refractive errors easily with glasses or contacts, but only if we have the opportunity to diagnose them via an eye exam in West Des Moines.
School-age children with refractive disorders or other vision issues need an annual eye exam from your West Des Moines and Urbandale optometrist at Lock Family Eye Care. This enables us to monitor and update the corrective prescription as needed. Even kids whose vision appears normal should continue to have eye exams every other year. Youthful eyes can change dramatically in a short period of time, and regular checkups can help ensure that these changes don't introduce vision difficulties or eye health problems.
Let us help your kids enjoy a lifetime of crystal-clear vision, starting right now. Call us today to schedule your pediatric eye exams!
101 Jordan Creek Pkwy # 12190 West Des Moines, IA 50266
*M-F, we take the last appointment at 5:40pm