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Part 2 of Pediatric Eye Care Questions and Answers

This is the 2nd and final part of Dr. Rupali Mistry's answers to our questions on Pediatric Eye Care.

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Q: In addition to a routine eye exam, what other services do parents bring their children to your office for?Children are brought into the office for other services such as eye emergencies, pink eye or other eye infections, foreign body removal, etc.

Q: What is your busiest time of year for eye exams for kids?The busiest time of year for children’s eye exams is the summer months and right before the start of the school year: June-September.

Q: At what age can my child wear contact lenses?Contact lenses are recommended starting the age of 12.

Q: Should a child limit screen time?The American Academy of Pediatrics has established recommendations for children’s media use. The current recommendations advise:--For children under 18 months, avoid screen-based media except video chatting.--For children 18 months to 24 months, parents should choose high-quality programming and watch with their children.--For children 2 to 5, limit screen time to one hour per day of high-quality programming.--For children 6 and up, establish consistent limits on the time spent using media and the types of media.

Q: What should I look for when choosing glasses for my child?Like choosing a frame for an adult, you want to make sure the frame fits your child behind the ears and around the nose. For infants and younger children, you can also consider frames with temples that wrap around the ears or straps for around the head. Most kids’ frames are made to hold up to the active lifestyles of children. Our wonderful optical staff would love to help you pick out the perfect frames that fit your child.

Q: Are there any lens options that are recommended for children?Doctor recommended lens options for children include polycarbonate lenses for safety purposes. Polycarbonate lenses have the highest impact resistance, to decrease likelihood of lens breakage. Two lens coatings recommended for children include an anti-reflective coating and blue light protection. With the age of technology, children are spending more time on computers, tablets, and phones. The anti-reflective coating will help decrease digital strain caused by screen time. The blue light protective coating will protect children’s eyes from the harmful UV rays produced by screens.

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