The importance of regular pediatric eye exams for children with special needs

Published on
January 2, 2023

Regular pediatric eye exams are important for all children, and they are especially important for children with special needs or difficulty in the classroom. Children with special needs may have unique vision challenges that require specialized care and treatment.

What is a pediatric eye exam?

A pediatric eye exam is a comprehensive evaluation of a child's visual system, including their eyes and vision. The purpose of a pediatric eye exam is to detect any vision problems or eye health issues in children and to provide appropriate treatment.

During a pediatric eye exam, the eye doctor will check the child's visual acuity, which is their ability to see clearly at different distances. The eye doctor will also check the child's eye alignment and eye movements, eye focusing and tracking, as well as the health of the eyes and surrounding tissues.

In addition to these basic tests, the eye doctor may also perform other specialized tests depending on the child's needs and age. For example, the eye doctor may use eye drops to dilate the pupils to get a better view of the back of the eye. The eye doctor may also use special instruments to check the child's eye pressure and to examine the front and back of the eye in more detail.

Why is it important to schedule a pediatric eye exam if your child is struggling with reading? 

There are a variety of visual skills that are used for reading. It is estimated that one out of every five children has an undetected vision problem that impacts their ability to read. When a child starts reading they require new visual skills such as tracking the eyes smoothly across a sentence and from one line to the next. They need to be able to maintain focus for extended periods of time with both eyes. And they need to be able to easily change their focus from reading material to the teacher or board. All of these visual skills are developed differently by each child, and any trouble with reading should be checked out by a pediatric eye doctor to determine if there is an underlying visual problem that is impacting the child's success in the classroom. 

Why is there a need for pediatric eye exams for children with special needs?

Here are a few reasons why pediatric eye exams are important for children with special needs:

Early detection and treatment of vision problems

Children with special needs may be more prone to vision problems due to their underlying medical conditions and development. By having regular eye exams, any vision problems can be detected and treated early, which can help improve their quality of life.

Improved learning and development

Good vision is essential for learning and development. Children with special needs may have difficulty learning if they have untreated vision problems. By having regular eye exams, vision problems can be corrected, which can help improve their learning and development.

Better communication and socialization

Children with special needs may have difficulty communicating and socializing with others. Good vision is important for reading facial expressions and body language, which can help children with special needs communicate and socialize more effectively.


Children with special needs may be more prone to accidents and injuries due to their underlying medical conditions and developmental delays. Good vision can help improve their safety by allowing them to see potential hazards more clearly.

Schedule a pediatric eye exam at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach

Regular pediatric eye exams are important for all children, but it is especially important for any child that is struggling with reading. It is also extremely important that children who are special needs have a pediatric eye exam as they can help detect and treat vision problems, improve learning and development, improve communication and socialization, and enhance safety. If your child struggles with reading or has special needs, it is important to make sure they receive regular pediatric eye exams to ensure that any vision problems are detected and treated as soon as possible. To schedule a pediatric eye exam, please call (562) 925-6591. Patients looking for a pediatric eye exam visit our clinic from all over California and we are proud to be a leading provider of pediatric eye care for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.



I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

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