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Dr. Edwin M. Schottenstein provides exceptional vision care solutions to patients of all ages. The youngest patients we see at our Upper West Side and Chelsea ophthalmology clinic receive the same outstanding care that teen and adult patients enjoy.

Parents are often concerned that their very young children might have eye disorders or vision problems. Eye care for children is an important dimension of overall health and wellness. A pediatric eye exam will provide parents with the information they need to make truly informed decisions about the health care their children require.

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Newborn babies receive their first eye exam just before being discharged from the hospital. This exam is in
accordance with the guidelines outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

The doctor you see for well-child pediatric checkups at two, four, and six months will also conduct basic eye exams. If your pediatrician finds any indication of a developing eye condition, you may be referred to an ophthalmologist who specializes in children’s eye care.

Parents can be understandably concerned at the news that their young child may need to see an eye care specialist. The exam performed by Dr. Schottenstein will include screening for alignment disorders, refractive disorders, and amblyopia. These screenings help ensure that a child’s eyes are developing normally.

Vision in childhood is very important. This sense plays an increasingly central role in a child’s education and interaction with the world. Parents should watch for these signs, which may signal the need for a comprehensive pediatric eye exam:

  • Holding books, toys, and other objects close to the face
  • Squinting or frequent blinking
  • Tilting the head when trying to see a page in a book
  • Other unusual interactions with objects and people

We understand you may have some questions or concerns about pediatric eye care. You can reach our clinic by calling (212) 874-2300. One of our office staff members will be happy to help you in any way they can. Parents can also contact us online to request an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!