Pediatric Eye Exams Specialist

Beggs Family Vision

Phil Beggs, OD

Optometrist located in Wichita, KS & El Dorado, KS

Getting your child in front of an optometrist for a pediatric eye exam early in their life can significantly reduce their chances of developing severe eye conditions down the line. Phil Beggs, OD, at Beggs Family Vision in Wichita, Kansas, works closely with children to compassionately make sure they’re set up for healthy and long-lasting ocular health. Schedule an appointment for your child today by phone or by using the booking tool.

Pediatric Eye Exam

When should my child see an optometrist?

Children experience change incredibly fast, especially in their vision. That’s why Dr. Beggs recommends that you start scheduling visits to Beggs Family Vision when your child is at the minimum six months old.


However, if you’ve noticed some irregularities in the way your child’s eyes are developing, like lazy or crossed eyes, before they turn six months old, you should feel comfortable going to Dr. Beggs for help. You might also want to go sooner if you have a family history of eye disease.


The sooner you identify possible complications, the better your child will be suited to adapt to the treatment.


Dr. Beggs tells you how regularly you need to come in after your initial consultation. After your child turns five, you can schedule an eye exam once a year.

What are the early signs of vision issues in children?

Dr. Beggs can recommend a series of things you should keep an eye out for as your child develops. Nonetheless, some developmental could be signs of mannerisms rather than vision issues.


Some of the most common signs of early vision issues include, but are not limited to:


  • Tilting or turning the head
  • Holding objects close while reading
  • Difficulty reading
  • Reduced attention span
  • Short attention span
  • Problems remembering things they just read


If you’ve noticed any of the above, get in touch with Dr. Beggs to determine whether you need to come in for a pediatric exam.

What happens during a pediatric eye exam?


A pediatric eye exam is similar to a comprehensive eye exam for adults. Dr. Beggs checks to see if there are any issues relating to:


  • Focusing skills
  • Hand/eye coordination
  • Peripheral vision
  • Eye movement
  • Eye coordination
  • Distance vision
  • Near vision


The main difference between a comprehensive eye exam for adults and a pediatric exam is that children between six months and a year old don’t know how to read. As a result, there will be no reading chart.


To determine the strength of your child’s vision, Dr. Beggs uses the LEA Grating test. With this test, the child has to detect black and white lines of decreasing width.


After your child turns two, Dr. Beggs uses images to test their vision, and after they turn five, he’ll start using the standard reading chart.


Make sure your child gets the care they deserve. Schedule an appointment today by phone or online to establish care.