At North Suburban Eye Associates, Dr. Kim McNulty specializes in children’s ophthalmology and treating pediatric eye disease in the greater Boston area. Dr. McNulty has been pediatric-trained and is comfortable dealing with pediatric eye problems. We are sensitive to the differences between an adult exam and that for a child. We care for newborns, toddlers, and teens. Dr. McNulty has been treating kids with eye disease since 1985.
Importance of Eye Exams for Children
It is very important for the child’s overall health and well-being to have clear vision and healthy eyes. This is also directly linked to their academic performance in school. Although schools may perform vision screenings each year, these do not test the overall health of the child’s eye. This is why it is important for your child to get professional eye exams with a certified ophthalmologist, like Dr. McNulty. She will test your child’s vision, while also evaluating the child’s eyes for more serious conditions and diseases.
Common Pediatric Eye Conditions We Treat
Dr. McNulty treats common newborn problems, such as blocked nasal lacrimal ducts, which cause chronic tearing. She also specializes in treating amblyopia or lazy eye. We strongly recommend that all children with a family history of lazy eye have a complete eye exam before age 3 since this problem commonly runs in families. While early treatment leads to better long term results, it is often difficult to treat this problem after age eight. “Crossed eyes” or strabismus is another common problem treated at North Suburban Eye.
Tests Performed During Pediatric Eye Exam
During your child’s eye examination at North Suburban Eye Associates, we will usually include tests for the following:
- Visual acuity
- Eye tracking
- Binocular coordination
- Focusing skills
- Color blindness
- Peripheral awareness
- Hand-eye coordination
Depending on the age and reading ability of the child, Dr. McNulty may employ various diagnostic charts and tests. Other than traditional eye charts for near and distant vision, other tests performed may include:
- A visual field test
- Slit-lamp examination
- Cover test
Using these tests, Dr. McNulty is able to assess whether corrective lenses are necessary to improve your child’s vision or whether there is an eye disease or underlying condition that requires treatment.
After Your Child’s Eye Exam
After the eye examination, most children do not require any further treatment. If a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan will be developed that may include:
- Prescription for eyeglasses
- A recommendation that sunglasses be worn
- Medication for inflammation or infection
- Wearing a patch on the more functional eye (for amblyopia)
- Vision therapy for weak eye muscles
- Surgical repair (this is rare)
Our optical shop in Beverly offers a wide range of pediatric glasses for our patients. We also offer contact lens fittings for our teenage patients.
Schedule Your Child’s Eye Exam
To schedule a pediatric eye exam for your child, contact North Suburban Eye Associates today! Call us at 781-245-5200 to schedule an appointment at your nearest location. Our practice serves patients in Wakefield, Waltham, Winchester, and Beverly, Massachusetts.