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Children’s Eye Exams Are Pivotal for Their Learning and Happiness


Your Child May Be Living With Compromised Vision

We sometimes forget that children aren’t – well, at least not exactly – just miniaturised versions of grown ups. When a child has trouble reading something, or finds focusing on a screen uncomfortable, they probably won’t (or can’t) tell you about it. In fact, they may not even know there’s a problem.

When there’s no reference frame to say “wait a minute, this doesn’t seem right”, it’s up to advanced imaging technology and optometrical expertise to diagnosis vision problems. Our optometrists are specialists in children’s eye health, and they bring decades of eyecare experience to every exam: if your child is having any trouble with their visual acuity or general eye health, we will find and address the problem.

Eye Exams for Children Require Extra Care

Much like when visiting the dentist, many children get nervous about their eye exams. That said, our veteran optometrists always find a way to make them feel comfortable and at ease. Our exams are never rushed, and we always have time to help your children feel at home.

The Eye Care Team Exam

Your child’s eye exam is a comprehensive analysis of both their eye health and visual acuity.

Throughout our lives, over 70% of learning is visual. During our early years, we are constantly learning at an incredible rate, as well as making our first jump into social situations (i.e. making friends). Any vision problems can seriously affect a child’s performance at school, their social skills and self-confidence.

In addition to the usual eye health exam, we will thoroughly assess your child’s vision to ensure they are seeing the world exactly as they should. Where applicable, we will work with your family to help correct any eye health or vision issues.

The first thing we do is get your child feeling comfortable. Eye exams are fascinating, and many children get excited once they know that. We will then use our advanced imaging equipment to assess your child’s eye health and visual acuity. These processes are all non-invasive and the entire exam should be over inside of an hour.

Assessments Which Are Tailored to Your Child

As children age, their exam requirements can vary dramatically. For example, you might just ask a 15 year old what problems they are experiencing, whereas with an infant this must be fully diagnosed through testing. Here are some signs you can look for that may be indicative of a vision problem.

  • Favouring one eye, i.e. always looking at objects from a specific side.
  • Being startled by a person/object entering one side of their vision, and not the other.
  • If the pupils do not look the same.
  • Any family history of lazy eye (amblyopia).
  • Slower success in school than expected.
  • Getting frustrated with close-up tasks like using tablets or playing with toys.
  • Tilting their head to one side when watching TV or reading.
  • Frequent headaches.
  • Putting their eyes very close to screens, like smartphones or the TV.
  • Frequent headaches.
  • Complaints that things look blurry.
  • Struggling to see the board in school.
  • Poor reading comprehension.
  • Not wanting to read aloud or in school.

Our Location


The Eye Care Team

Our practice is located in Downtown Spokane, right across the street from the new Davenport Grand Hotel and Auntie’s Bookstore. We are just a couple of blocks east of Riverfront Park Square.

Hours of Operation

Monday: 7am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 7am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9am - 6:30pm
Thursday: 7am - 5:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Sat/Sun : Closed

Address & Contact Information:

126 N. Washington Street
Spokane, WA 99201

P: (509) 747-6581
F: (509) 747-6354

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