Hayden Optometric Inc.
94 N Main St Mansfield MA 02048 +1 508-339-3952
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Mansfield, MA

508-339-3952

Preparing For Your Child’s First Eye Exam

From the moment your baby is born, they are constantly growing and developing—and so is their vision!

Schedule Your Child’s First Visit Early!

The American Academy of Optometry recommends babies receive their first comprehensive visual assessment at six months of age. Having your child’s eyes examined so early will ensure their visual development is on track and can help identify any problems that may be present.

Your child’s optometrist or pediatrician may suggest you schedule their visit before their six month mark if they show certain risk factors including:

  • prematurity, low birth weight, or low oxygen levels at birth
  • family history of visual problems such congenital cataracts, retinoblastoma, or metabolic or genetic disease
  • strabismus or crossed eyes

If you believe your child has any of these risk factors, talk with your optometrist about when you should schedule their first eye exam.

What Happens During Their Visit?

By the time your child is six months old, their sight should be fairly well developed in terms of their ability to focus, see color, and judge depth. It will continue to progress as they get older, but assessing their vision at this stage ensures their vision is clear and healthy so they can hit important developmental milestones such as building fine motor skills.

Check out the video below to get a glimpse at how your baby sees the world!

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When examining your infant’s eyes, we look for:

  • Pupil response—Evaluating the eye’s pupil responds appropriately to light exposure.
  • Fixation and following—This includes testing eye tracking skills and evaluating their ability to fixate on objects presented to them.
  • Preferential looking—This method allows us to measure visual acuity without the need of a traditional eye chart.

Your child’s first visit isn’t just a time to examine their vision—it’s an excellent opportunity for parents to ask questions as well! We’re happy to provide any information you need, whether you’re curious about your baby’s developing eyes or you’d like to learn about ways to stimulate their vision as they grow.

We’re Here For Your Family Every Step Of The Way

Welcoming a new member of your family into the world brings a wealth of joy and a host of questions to go along with it. If you are curious about anything we’ve mentioned or have additional questions about your baby’s vision, let us know! We are committed to providing you with the information you need to give your child a happy and healthy start in life.

Thank you for being a part of our practice family!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Discover everything our practice has to offer in person at our Main Street location.

Address

94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

Contact Information

Phone: 508-339-3952
Fax: +1 (508) 339-6907
  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.

HALT

HALT

Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.

Hayden Optometric is powered by WellFed Nutrition.

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