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Shippee Family Eye Care is your source for pediatric eye care in Lancaster, St. Johnsbury and Montpelier. We help children of all ages to maintain good vision and healthy eyes. If you're a parent in the Lancaster, St. Johnsbury and Montpelier communities, it's important to understand what eye care can do for your child, and why your child should see an eye doctor annually. Even children who have never exhibited symptoms of refractive error and eye disease should see the optometrist for regular pediatric eye exams.
At Shippee Family Eye Care, we provide comprehensive pediatric eye exams. Our eye exams check children's eyes for the following:
• Eye function. We'll examine your child's vision for ability to track moving objects, ability to see color, depth perception and others.
• Refractive error. We'll check your child's vision for refractive error like nearsightedness and farsightedness.
• Eye disease. Even children can develop eye diseases. The eye doctor will check your child's eyes for signs of eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and more.
Many parents assume that their children should not start to see the eye doctor until they are old enough to go to school, or until they display symptoms of eye trouble. We recommend that parents start bringing their children to the eye doctor for a pediatric eye exam before their first birthday, and then continue to bring their children to the eye doctor annually thereafter. At Shippee Family Eye Care, we can see patients as young as six months old.
There are many benefits to pediatric eye care! Children who are old enough to attend school need to get pediatric eye exams because clear vision is critical for success in school. Children who cannot see the board clearly and who cannot see words on the page in front of them may find it difficult or impossible to keep up with academic expectations. Vision problems can lead to behavior issues and a lifelong academic disadvantage.
Even before school begins, children can benefit from pediatric eye care. Optometry problems that are identified at an early enough age may be corrected before they become severe. Children and babies can heal quickly from many eye problems, provided that their eye conditions are identified in the early stages.
At Shippee Family Eye Care, we operate in three different locations for the convenience of our patients. We're proud to be a Lancaster optometrist, St. Johnsbury optometrist and Montpelier optometrist. We provide eyeglasses, contact lenses, eye exams and treatment for eye diseases to our pediatric patients. Whether you're seeking corrective lenses for your grade schooler, or wish to get a pediatric eye exam for your baby, we can help. To find out more or to make an appointment, contact us today.