You may be wondering “What can an eye doctor check on my child, especially if they don’t know letters yet?” Our doctors work with children all the time and they are routinely evaluating for the following things:

  • Visual acuity (how well the eyes see at near and far)
  • Eye tracking ability (reading movement)
  • How the eyes work together as a team (eye turns)
  • Ocular focusing ability (accommodative issues/fatigue from screen time)
  • Color vision
  • Depth perception (3-D vision)
  • Inequality of the two eyes (amblyopia a.k.a. “lazy eye”)
  • Ocular health issues
  • Need for glasses or contact lenses

Many common problems can be addressed during our normal examinations, but some children require additional testing or further follow ups for less common visual deficits.

For additional information or if you have questions, please contact our office at (816) 524-8900 or email us at and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Free InfantSEE Eye Exam

Our doctors provide evaluations of infants ages 6 to 12 months at no charge as part of a nationwide program to reduce the occurrence of preventable  eye issues later if life. Our doctors have specific times set aside for these evaluations with appointment times between 9 and 3 most days (because of this, the online scheduler doesn’t work well for these appointments, please call or email for an appointment).

Children’s Glasses

We have a large selection of frames for kids and a dedicated area in optical just for them. Stop by today and our knowledgeable staff will help you find the right pair of glasses for your child. No appointment needed, you’re welcome any time!

InfantSEE Program

Detecting vision problems early in life can prevent and reduce the threat of serious vision impairment.

Eyecare Associates participates in the InfantSEE program. The American Optometric Association encourages parents to include a trip to the optometrist in the list of well-baby check-ups. Assessments at six to twelve months of age can determine healthy development of vision. Early detection of eye conditions is the best way to ensure your child has healthy vision for successful development.

Why do you suggest getting the eyes tested at 6 months?
Clinical experience and research have shown that at 6 months, the average child has reached a number of critical developmental milestones, making this an appropriate age for the first eye and vision assessment. Many visual abilities are fully functioning by the age of 6 months. Interference with development during this very critical phase may lead to serious lifelong effects on vision. Successful treatment can be obtained more quickly with early intervention.

The good news about a trip to the optometrist is that there are no shots or cold stethoscopes. While the doctor will be shining a light in the baby’s eyes, and may spray a mist on eyelids or use eye drops to dilate the baby’s pupils, many infants seem to enjoy the “games” they play as part of the professional assessment. More information about what optometrists look for during assessments is available on the InfantSEE website.