Providing Medical, Surgical, and Optical Services in Northern Michigan since 1997

Pediatric Eye Care

A vision screen, such as those conducted in a school setting, only identify 5% of vision problems in children according to the American Foundation for Vision Awareness. While these screenings may uncover vision challenges relating to distance, other deficiencies related to eye health and school performance may remain undetected. A comprehensive eye examination by Jarvi MD Eyecare measures a number of aspects that are critical to a child’s healthy vision. Our exams help us determine the following:

  • whether both eyes are being used as a team
  • if the eyes focus properly when reading a book or viewing a computer
  • if the eyes have the ability to move across a page of print while reading

In most cases, children do not recognize a vision problem because they have “always seen this way”. Below is a list of “flags” that may indicate a vision problem in children:

    1. Squinting, closing or covering one eye
    2. Holding a book close to the face
    3. Losing his/her place while reading
    4. Complaints of headaches, nausea and dizziness
    5. Excessive clumsiness
    6. Turning or tilting the head to one side
    7. Frequent daydreaming
    8. Using a finger as a place marker while reading
    9. Performing below potential
    10. Rubbing eyes repeatedly
If you have any questions or wish to schedule a consultation, please call our office at 231.348.3600. We look forward to hearing from you.