Pediatric Optometrist Specialist

Whitlow Family Vision Centers

Optometrists located in Glasgow, KY & Edmonton, KY

Nearly 25% of school-aged children experience problems with their vision. By identifying these vision issues early, you can prevent future complications for your child such as eye disease and progressive vision loss. At Whitlow Family Vision Centers in Glasgow and Edmonton, Kentucky, Dr. Cheryl G. Whitlow is one of the only pediatric optometrists in the area that specializes in the issues affecting your child’s eye health. To learn more about available pediatric optometry services, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office.

Pediatric Optometrist Q & A

How often does my child need their eyes examined?

Dr. Whitlow recommends a comprehensive eye exam starting with infants at six months of age. Follow up appointments should occur at age three and then again before starting school.

Routine eye exams every two years for kids with healthy eyes ensures Dr. Whitlow can monitor eye health and identify vision issues and diseases early. If your child needs vision correction or has an existing eye condition, Dr. Whitlow may recommend annual appointments.

What can I expect during a pediatric eye exam?

Dr. Whitlow performs a comprehensive eye exam, testing vision accuracy. She checks:

  • Focusing skills
  • Peripheral vision
  • Near and distance vision
  • Eye movement abilities
  • Eye and hand coordination

Dr. Whitlow reviews your child’s medical and family history to determine if there is an increased risk for certain eye diseases and conditions. She asks your child age-appropriate vision questions and uses eye charts with letters and symbols to test visual acuity.

Following the vision test, Dr. Whitlow also performs a physical exam where she shines a light into your child’s eyes to test how it affects the retina. This test can help her determine if your child needs a prescription for eyeglasses.

Routine eye exams ensure your child’s overall ocular health and prevent disruptions in learning caused by vision deficiencies.

How can I prepare my child for an eye exam?

Dr. Whitlow works with children of all ages and offers compassionate care during the appointment. It’s best to schedule an eye appointment during a time when young children are awake and alert, as they may be more cooperative with the examination.

If you have any questions about preparing your child for their first eye exam, feel free to contact the staff at Whitlow Family Vision Centers for helpful advice.

What if my child needs glasses?

If Dr. Whitlow determines your child needs corrective lenses, you can help your child select fashionable frames from the extensive inventory at Whitlow Family Vision Centers.

In some cases, children as young as eight years old can wear contact lenses to improve vision and even correct conditions like astigmatism, a curvature of the cornea. Dr. Whitlow can determine if your child is a good candidate for contact lenses during a comprehensive eye exam.

To learn more about available pediatric optometry services, schedule an appointment online or by phone.