Kids’s Eye Exams

Children of all ages are welcome at our office. We see them starting at age 6 months old because that is the age the AOA recommends you bring your child for their first eye examination. This is important to try and prevent eye diseases and visual decreases at a very young age. Particularly amblyopia or decreased vision due to an undetected prescription or eye turn!

A few points to consider...

  1. With no other comparison, young children do not realize that they cannot see like you.
  2. Vision is learned. Without the stimulus to the brain to learn to see 20/20 a child may never see 20/20 EVEN WITH THEIR GLASSES!
  3. The visual system is pretty firmly "wired" and learned by the age of about 2 1/2 years old! Therefore any large prescriptions, differences between the eyes or congenital diseases must be corrected to prevent vision loss!
  4. Screenings for vision at the school or at the pediatrician ARE NOT EYE EXAMINATIONS! They generally are only screening for decreases in distance vision, color vision, and occasionally muscle balance. The guidelines for pass in most screenings is 20/40 or better!!
  5. Missed vision problems can inhibit your child’s ability to learn to read and progress well in school!
  6. 3 to 5 % of the population under 6 years old suffers from amblyopia! This is permanently reduced vision in one or both eyes.

In addition to the standard tests we give to our adult patients, we will be checking for color vision, eye coordination, and proper development. We’ll use two main tests for this:

Ishihara Test

The Ishihara test is commonly known for testing color blindness; you may have seen its design on shirts and online. It consists of 24 images that have a variety of numbers and shapes whose color contrasts with the rest of the diagram. For adults, we can ask them to read numbers, but for young children, we will ask them to trace the shapes. We use them to test for a variety of types of color blindness, including red-green, blue-yellow, and total colorblindness.

Stereo Vision Test (Stereopsis)

This tests how your two eyes work together to give three-dimensional vision. It’s given to kids who can speak basic sentences ("the bunny is jumping out"), and uses special red-and-green glasses to give the illusion of three-dimentionality to a book. They are asked to identify which images (dots, animals, etc.) have a 3D effect.

Eye exams are important yearly health examinations!

 Contact us with any questions you may have or to  schedule an appointment.

Please call 717.766.4757 for emergencies or after hours.


Mechanicsburg Eye Associates
100 North Walnut Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

717.766.7563 fax

Monday9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday7:00am - 5:00pm
SaturdaySee List Below *

* Mechanicsburg Eye Associates is open the following Saturdays: 1/6, 1/27, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25, 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15