Protecting your child’s eye health is a priority of the pediatric eye care services at Modern Optometry. Experienced optometrist Rebecca Verna, OD, provides comprehensive eye exams and other services for children ages five and up. Dr. Verna specializes in the diagnosis and management of myopia in children and uses innovative treatments like MiSight® lenses and other corrective contacts. Call the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office to schedule a pediatric eye care appointment for your child, or book an appointment online today.

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What is pediatric eye care?

Modern Optometry offers a range of pediatric eye services that address the unique vision needs, and challenges children face as they grow.

Dr. Verna provides comprehensive pediatric eye care services for children five and up. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood eye conditions and diseases, including:

  • Myopia
  • Astigmatism
  • Eye misalignments
  • Lazy eye (amblyopia)

Dr. Verna customizes care plans to treat existing eye conditions and provides a variety of options for pediatric glasses and contacts.

When should I schedule a pediatric eye care appointment?

Experts recommend that you schedule a pediatric eye exam at Modern Optometry before your child begins kindergarten.

Your child may also need a pediatric eye evaluation if they show signs of myopia (nearsightedness), a refractive error that causes objects at a distance to appear out of focus and blurry. Signs of myopia in children can include:

  • Squinting
  • Academic difficulties
  • Holding books close to the face
  • Sitting close to a television or computer
  • Disinterest in sports, and other activities that require clear vision

Myopia often starts in childhood and can be hereditary. Without treatment, the condition can progress and increase your child’s risk for cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and other chronic eye conditions.

What happens during a pediatric eye care appointment?

During your child’s initial pediatric eye appointment, Dr. Verna reviews their personal and family medical histories. She also completes visual acuity tests and a comprehensive eye exam.

If your child has any eye health issues, Dr. Verna customizes a treatment plan to manage it. She can prescribe glasses or contact lenses to improve your child’s vision.

How can myopia be treated?

Modern Optometry’s Myopia Management Program offers a variety of treatment options for children.