Children’s Eye Care in
St. Augustine, Florida
The Importance of Eye Care for Children
Your child’s eyes are constantly growing and changing, and they need to have their vision checked consistently to ensure a strong foundation for healthy sight, as they start school and throughout their lives. Your child’s eyesight is too important to put off!
When Does My Child Need an Exam?
First Pediatric Eye Care
Your child should be brought in for their first comprehensive eye exam at six months of age. This helps us set a baseline for their eye health.
Early Childhood Exams
Their first follow up exam should be at age three, and then just prior to them entering first grade—usually around age five or six. Strong vision is important for developing intellectually and socially, and up to 80% of classroom learning is visual.
School Age Exams
If your child doesn’t need glasses after first grade, we suggest you schedule eye exams every two years. For children with glasses or contact lenses, annual exams should be scheduled, or as recommended by your eye doctor.
Myopia Management and Solutions for Your Child
Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is very common in children. If you notice your child blinking a lot, rubbing their eyes, or squinting, it may be myopia — and it will progress as they grow. That affects their ability to learn, play, and socialize; spells more frequent glasses prescriptions; and increases their risk of eye disease later in life.
But myopia doesn’t have to get that bad! While glasses can’t slow down myopia, we can limit its progression with myopia management, a range of technologies and techniques that prevent myopia from becoming too severe. Book a consultation today to see what solutions would work best for your child’s vision and lifestyle.
Highly Advanced Pediatric Eye Care
“We had a great first visit at SJEA. The eye exam was more thorough than any other place we’ve been to in past few years. Dr. Diane Kapadia took the time to explain to my daughter & I why she was recommending a change in brand & the benefits. Glad I made the change to SJEA for both of my kids.”
“The staff are all wonderful with my children and are very knowledgeable and informative about everything they are doing and all the results”
“I have been a patient of St John’s Eye Associates for 10 yrs and have with every visit, received outstanding service and attention. Our entire family goes here (kids and hubby) and I cannot say enough about the people that work here. All 3 of the eye doctors are very thorough and experienced, using top of the line equipment and technology to check the health of your eye. The optical department has a wide variety of frames and price ranges. They are always there for you anytime you need adjustments or warranty work done. I highly recommend this office.”
“Both the tech and the doctor were fabulous. I didn’t have to wait past my appt time. They were thorough, personable, efficient, and knowledgeable. The office was clean and orderly. I will definitely be taking my kids there for their eye exams soon.”
“Dr. Phillips is wonderful. He is easy to communicate with and put my daughter and I at ease. He is fantastic with kids and adults alike. Roxy in optical is equally wonderful. She helped me figure out exactly what I wanted when I had no idea where to start. Tons of bonus points for their COVID safety, it was a busy office with common sense health and safety protocols that made me feel safe bringing in my child.”
“Great experience. The visit did not feel rushed. Dr. Price and other staff were friendly and took the time to answer all my questions. Dr. Price provided some great information about ways to treat and slow down childhood myopia, which is an issue that wasn’t even on my radar until now. As an extremely near-sighted person with two very young children (with unknown myopia statuses), I’m thankful she took the time to discuss this with me.”