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Why should my preschooler have a professional eye exam?


  • vision isn't developing properly in one eye
  • the child and their parents don't know it
  • one out of twenty preschoolers has amblyopia
  • usually not detected by vision screenings in time for successful treatment
  • results in a lifetime of poor vision in one eye, not correctable with glasses or surgery
  • results in poor depth perception affecting sports performance and career choices
  • usually curable if detected and treated by age 3 or 4
  • all children should have an evaluation by an eye doctor at least by age 3 ½
  • we offer free eye assessments for 6 month olds and 3 ½ year olds

We have the technology and the expertise to catch vision problems like amblyopia in time for successful treatment. Please take advantage of Lifetime Eyecare Center's free eye assessments to assure your child's vision is developing normally. The future of your child's vision could depend on it.

Be sure your child has a professional eye exam again at age 5, prior to starting school. Why?

  • to check for vision problems that could interfere with learning
  • eye coordination and near point focus problems affect 20% of school age children, and are a frequently overlooked reason for difficulty in school, especially in reading.
  • 60% of children with learning difficulties have an undiagnosed vision problem.
  • its not unusual for children with these types of vision problems to pass school screenings quite easily, often with a score of 20/20.
  • children with these vision problems often greatly benefit from a special correction just for near work, or from vision therapy

Children's vision is an area of special interest to us, and we will thoroughly evaluate all aspects of your child's vision and eye health. Eighty percent of learning takes place through the visual system. Because eyes and vision can change rapidly during the growth years, it's important that your child has professional eye exams annually during the school years, regardless of school screening results.


We have been working very hard to prepare to re-open for normal "routine" preventive eye care, taking every precaution to ensure the safety of everyone involved. We are pleased to announce as of Monday May 18th we'll be seeing patients for all types of eye care, including routine annual eye exams.

But, things will be very different than they were prior to the pandemic.

1. Our front door will be locked at all times. We will be allowing only 1 person at a time in the office and by appointment only, so please enter alone, or with no more than l other person accompanying you. Others may wait in the car.

2. Masks will be required for both patients and us while in our office.

3. Upon entering, we will be checking your temperature and screen you for COVID symptoms or possible exposure. If your temperature is 100 F or higher, or you have symptoms or may have recently been exposed to COVID, we will reschedule you.

4. We will need you to respect the 6 feet personal distancing while outside the exam room

5. We will have you wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when you enter. We will be using hand washing and hand sanitizer constantly and will be disinfecting everything you and we touch. Please don't touch anything that isn't absolutely necessary.

6. For frame selection or picking out glasses, please let us help you, and don't just browse and try on frames by yourself. We have to disinfect the frames every time they are touched or worn, and we need to know which frames need to be disinfected.

We are doing all these things to protect you and all of our other patients as best we can. We will need and depend on your cooperation on this during this very difficult time. Doing so will protect your fellow patients-many of whom are at extremely high risk if they contract COVID - and to protect us. All healthcare providers are putting themselves in harm's way every day during this pandemic - the more we all cooperate and take appropriate precautions, the better off we all will be.

We are all in this together. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation.

Please stay safe.

Dr. Jim Hutchins and staff