Bristol County Pediatric Eye Exams

 As kid’s optometrists in Mansfield, we not only assess your child’s eye health but also meet them on their level of comprehension to get a full understanding of their eye needs.

As is the case with adults, children can also experience many eye health issues and vision problems. To detect these issues early in a child’s life, a children’s eye exam is essential. Getting proper care may prevent problems from advancing as the child ages. At our eye care center, we offer children’s eye care services in Mansfield to tend to the eye health needs of children of all ages. 

Does Your Child Need to See a Kid’s Optometrist?

While adults can communicate verbally about their vision issues, children—and especially young children—are not always able to speak about problems with their sight. This barrier makes eye health issues challenging to detect. Problems that go undiagnosed may be progressive and have the potential to negatively impact a child’s life as they grow up. 

For this reason and more, it is important for your child to see a children’s eye doctor regularly for pediatric eye exams, especially if you suspect they may be dealing with vision difficulties. 


Signs your child should see a kid’s eye doctor:

  • Frequent blinking, squinting, or irregular eye movements
  • Frequently turning or tilting their head
  • Covering or closing one eye to see better
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Rubbing or touching their eyes often
  • Frequent headaches
  • Leaning in too close to see something or read
  • Difficulty learning to read


If your child exhibits the behaviors listed above, they could be experiencing vision problems. A pediatric eye examination may help determine the cause of these issues as well as available treatment options. We encourage you not to delay eye care for your child as doing so may cause your child more serious or even permanent damage.


Comprehensive Pediatric Eye Exams in Mansfield

Our kid’s eye exams will detect both eye defects as well as vision impairment. They will also assess your child’s risk of developing eye conditions later in life. 

Many parents rely on eye exams conducted at school to inform them about their children’s eye health, but it’s important to note that our exams are far more in-depth and comprehensive than those offered at school or a pediatrician’s office. While exams conducted by schools and pediatricians screen for potential vision problems, they cannot diagnose or treat. In many cases, a school or pediatrician will direct you to a kid’s optometrist for a thorough examination if an issue is suspected. 

When you visit us at Hayden Optometric, our doctors will conduct a pediatric eye exam with your child to better understand their eye health and vision needs. Unlike comprehensive eye exams for adults, the tests are altered to meet the comprehension level of your child so communication is easier and clearer. Once the children’s eye exam is complete, our doctors will diagnose any abnormalities or vision issues present and talk with you about next steps, if needed. 

Parents make the common mistake of only taking their child to an eye doctor if an issue is apparent. However, waiting could worsen the issue. Instead, we urge parents to be proactive about their child’s eye health and get their eyes checked regularly. Early diagnosis can prevent future eye health complications and improve the child’s quality of life. 

To set up your child’s pediatric eye exam at our office in Mansfield, contact us today.