Pediatric Eye Exams in San Mateo, San Jose, San Ramon, & Juneau

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Healthy Vision Is Your Child’s
Key to Success

At Optical Illusions: An Optometric Practice, we are dedicated to safeguarding your child’s vision while ensuring eye care remains a fun experience during a pediatric eye exam.

Children’s eyes change and develop at a rapid pace as they grow. Healthy vision is the most important tool for learning, so it is imperative that your child’s eye health is being monitored and protected. The most effective way to give your child a chance of success in school and life is for them to receive regular eye examinations and ensure nearsighted vision issues do not affect their learning.

If you want to ensure that any ocular health or visual issues are diagnosed early and treated effectively, book an appointment for your child with our team of professionals at Optical Illusions: An Optometric Practice.

Putting Our Patients First

The team at Optical Illusions: An Optometric Practice puts the experience of our patients at the top of our priorities. Eye care should be fun and easy to understand, so our team is dedicated to ensuring that you and your child are being treated with the utmost respect and diligence.

When you bring your child in for their first comprehensive eye exam, you will both be greeted upon your entrance and taken care of before, during, and after your child’s exam. We want to meet all of your needs during your visit, and will never leave you wondering what happens next during your appointment.

Our dedication to providing the optimal eye care experience for our patients is also exemplified by our use of cutting-edge technology. At our practice, we use a range of devices including the Optos Silverstone, Topcon Maestro2 OCT, and Oculus Pentacam AXL Wave to provide the highest quality of care possible for our patients.

How Do I Know if My Child Has a
Vision Problem?


It can be difficult to determine whether or not your child is experiencing any problems with their vision. They may be too young to articulate what issue they’re experiencing, or might not even recognize they are experiencing problems with their vision at all.

As a parent, it’s vital to monitor and pay close attention to your child’s eye health. If you notice your child exhibiting the following behaviors, it may be a sign that their vision is compromised:

  • Excessive eye rubbing or blinking
  • Squinting, covering, or closing one eye
  • Inability to maintain eye contact
  • Tilting head to one side
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Holding books or devices very close to their face
  • Unexplained clumsiness or lack of balance
  • Eye turn developing

These signs can indicate a range of other conditions or issues, but ruling out any vision concerns is an important first step that can help narrow down the potential causes of your child’s vision problems. If in doubt, bring them in for a pediatric eye exam.

Eye Exam Schedule

Our team of eye doctors, along with the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Optometric Association (AOA), recommends adopting the following pediatric eye exam schedule to ensure your child’s vision is developing properly:

The First Eye Exam – 6 to 12 months

It’s recommended that your child’s first eye exam be conducted around 6 to 12 months after they’re born. During this first exam, we’ll test your child’s visual acuity (clearness of vision), eye movement ability, and diagnose any outstanding eye health issues.

Between the ages of 2 and 5, it’s recommended that your child receives their second eye exam. We’ll start this examination by testing your child’s visual acuity, eye health, and eye movement ability again to see if they have changed since the first exam. Along with these initial tests, we’ll administer some child-friendly tests that assess whether your child’s eyes can properly focus and align at far, middle, and near distances. This exam is pivotal to ensure that no child has a visual issue that can affect their learning abilities as they start to become school-aged.

From 5 years and up, the AAO recommends children undergo annual eye exams. The most common refractive error that children experience around this time is nearsightedness (myopia). Correcting nearsightedness through the use of eyeglasses is a popular solution in this age group, along with other myopia management treatments like ortho-k, atropine, and contact lenses.

Along with the aforementioned tests in the first and second eye exams, other assessments that can be included in your child’s annual eye exams are pupil reaction, focus, and alignment tests.

Our Locations

San Mateo

  • 194 Hillsdale Shopping Center
  • San Mateo, CA 94403

San Jose

  • 377 Santana Row, Suite #1115
  • San Jose, CA 95128

San Ramon

  • 6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, Suite #1104
  • San Ramon, CA 94583


  • 9309 Glacier Hwy, Suite A103
  • Juneau, AK 99801

Family Eye Exams

An eye exam is an essential part of preventive health care. At Optical Illusions: An Optometric Practice, we invest in industry-leading diagnostic technology that gives us an unprecedented view of your eye health and vision.

With this technology, we can provide truly personalized and comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages.

Access high-quality eye care from a team that genuinely cares.

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