Finding the right eye care for your child is one of the many responsibilities of being a parent. I enjoy working with kids and taking the time needed to find out their vision needs and make sure they get the correct care and solutions. Using my 16 years of experience in optometry with expertise in pediatrics, I will give your child’s vision and eye health the attention it deserves.
During your child’s exam, there are three important qualities that I will focus on to insure the best care:
Compassion: your child’s exam will be done with the utmost in compassion. My staff and I will calmly explain the exam procedures and be sympathetic to your child’s needs.
Communication: I will always take the time needed to communicate my findings to both you and your child in an easy to understand manner.
Patience: I will answer your questions with the care of a doctor and fellow parent. Treating children means having the patience to listen on their level and work within their capabilities and interests.
Please call our office at 520-797-8000 to book your child’s visit and get answers to any other questions you might have. I look forward to hearing from you.
Rita Bhakta, O.D.
An eye exam is indicated when a parent or caregiver has any concerns about the child’s vision or eye health. The American Optometric Association recommends a child’s first eye exam occur at age six months to one year. Subsequent exams should occur at age 3 years and then before first grade. Eye exams for children are advised annually or as recommended.
In a child who is younger than 8 years old, we rely on our objective measurements more than the child’s responses. A young child’s exam usually requires the use of dilation eyedrops to relax the focusing system. This allows the doctor to obtain the most accurate assessment of whether the child needs eyeglasses, as well as examine the internal structures of the eye.
The Infant See program is a no-cost eye examination available to infants ages six months to one year of age. It is a public health program sponsored by the American Optometric Association and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Dr. Bhakta is an Infant See provider.
Your child's exam will be done compassionately. Dr. Bhakta and her staff will calmly explain the exam procedures.
Dr. Bhakta will communicate exam findings to children and their parents in an easy-to-understand manner.
Dr. Bhakta will answer parents' questions with care of a doctor and fellow parent.
The parents will complete a brief history form about their child. In the first part of the exam, we essentially play! We will use toys and lights to capture the child’s attention and evaluate his/her vision and eye movements. The dilation drops are then instilled and we wait 20-30 minutes for the child’s pupils to dilate. Finally, Dr. Bhakta will use instruments to look at the back of the eye to determine that there is no significant need for glasses and that the eyes are healthy.
Amblyopia is a condition in which the eye or eyes do not develop normal vision due to some factor, such as an eye turn or high eyeglass prescription. Amblyopia is treated with full time use of eyeglasses and sometimes patching therapy.
Contact lens fitting is considered when a child expresses an interest in contact lens wear. If the child is motivated, he/she can be very successful with contact lens wear. A child who is interested in contact lens wear should demonstrate good hygiene and be responsible. Parents, of course, are the best judges of these qualities.