Pediatric Eye Care Specialist

Bulls Eye Care

Optometrists located in South Tampa, Tampa, FL

Like all other aspects of your child’s health, their eye health and vision should be a priority. At Bulls Eye Care, Dennis Garcia, OD, provides eye care services to infants and children who need them. He can also update your child’s prescription to help them see clearly while at school and home. To set up your child’s next eye exam, call Bulls Eye Care or request an appointment online today.

Pediatric Eye Care Q & A

What is pediatric eye care?

Pediatric eye care is the branch of optometry that centers around the eyes of infants, kids, and adolescents. While eye diseases are more prominent in older people, kids can still experience refractive issues like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

If you bring your child in for an eye exam, Dr. Garcia can detect vision problems, congenital structural issues, and eye diseases that might be affecting your child. He can then recommend treatments. 

If your child needs glasses, you can help them choose frames that fit their personality and personal style. Dr. Garcia sends their prescription to a lab for lenses that will help your child see clearly. You can even get scratch-resistant frames and other features designed with kids in mind. 

What are some possible signs of a pediatric eye care issue?

It’s not always easy to detect eye issues in children, especially if they’re not old enough to verbally express what they feel. Signs of a possible eye issue in your child include:

  • Lots of blinking
  • Lots of eye rubbing
  • Double vision
  • Covering one eye to see
  • Headaches
  • Tilting the head to one side or the other
  • Holding books close to their face
  • Eyes that turn inward or outward
  • Losing their place while reading
  • Struggling with reading

Not all of these always indicate eye issues, but it’s important to report them to Dr. Garcia just in case. You should also be sure to bring your child in for their first eye exam around 6 months of age, again at age 3, and for a third visit at age 5 or 6. 

Dr. Garcia might recommend more regular visits as your child gets older, especially if they have a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. 

Which services does pediatric eye care include?

Dr. Garcia can provide numerous services catered toward kids and their eye health. The kid-friendly staff makes your child feel comfortable in the office no matter their age and Dr. Garcia talks to them in simple terms and answers their questions. 

Eye care services and treatments that your child might need include:

  • Comprehensive eye exams
  • Prescription glasses or contact lenses
  • Eye injury care
  • Care for visual processing disorders

Some equipment at Bulls Eye Care is specifically designed for children and their comfort. Plus, Dr. Garcia is always available to answer your questions and tell you the best ways to care for your child’s eye health at home. 

To learn more about pediatric eye care services, call Bulls Eye Care or request an appointment online today.