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About Us

We go beyond "20/20".

Our BIG focus is on LITTLE eyes and vision. Excellent vision is critically important in life, and we are committed to helping all of our patients maximize their vision and visual skills to achieve their goals, whatever they may be. So how are we different?

We are kids’ eye doctors – We specialize in children’s eye care and vision from infancy through teenage years. This means that you can count on us to go the extra mile to make your child’s experience with us a positive one, and feel confident that your child is getting the comprehensive care they deserve.

We spend time with you – We take the time to get to know our patients and their families starting with a thorough, holistic history. Then, we dedicate extra time to evaluate the entire visual system, which is so much more than eyesight.

We look at the eyes AND the eye, brain, body connection – Vision is much more than 20/20. We are committed to helping our patients avoid needless struggles in school, sports, work, and life because of visual problems that are not typically detected by vision screenings or routine exams. Read about all of the visual skills beyond eye sight that we evaluate and treat here.

"We look at the eyes AND the eye, brain, body connection - vision is much more than 20/20."

Did you know...

The term “20/20” means someone can clearly see the letters on the chart 20 feet away. When someone fails this test, they typically get glasses or contacts to help them see clearly far away. A child, or an adult, might excel at seeing and saying the letters on the vision chart on the wall, yet still lack the necessary visual skills for reading, writing, and learning. School vision screenings, and even some regular eye exams, generally evaluate eyesight only and most do not assess the crucial vision skills that are required to excel in the classroom, on the field, and in the workplace.

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Most children with vision problems don’t know that they have one! Since they don’t know that the vision they are experiencing is abnormal, they aren’t able to express that they need help. Even if they have passed a vision screening or routine exam at the pediatrician, your child still needs a comprehensive eye evaluation to ensure they have all of the above visual skills necessary to read, learn, play, and thrive!

VISUAL ACUITY is just the beginning!

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In addition to evaluating visual acuity (eyesight) with the eye chart (or with fun pictures and toys for the babies), we evaluate the following areas to ensure that our patients have excellent vision and visual skills necessary for success in school, sports, work and beyond:

  • Refractive Error – the presence of farsightedness, nearsightedness, and/or astigmatism

  • Eye Focusing – the ability to maintain clear vision over a period of time like when reading a book and the ability to quickly and accurately maintain clear vision when looking from far to near and back like when looking from the board in class to paper on a desk.

  • Eye Tracking – the ability to accurately and efficiently move the eyes along a printed page like when reading or to follow a moving object like a thrown ball.

  • Eye Teaming – the ability to use both eyes together, see in depth or “3D”, and judge distances.

  • Peripheral Vision – the ability to be aware of, but not distracted by, information in one’s side vision.

  • Eye-Hand Coordination – the ability to use visual information to direct motor movements like when writing or trying to hit a ball.

  • Visual Perception – composed of many skills that result in the brain’s ability to organize and interpret what is seen including things like telling the difference between letters like “b” and “d”, creating a “picture” in one’s mind to comprehend what is read, and remembering and recalling what is seen.

Should you schedule a visual evaluation?
Learn about common signs and symptoms of a vision problem.

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