A pediatric optometrist is a specialized eye doctor who focuses on the eye health and vision care of children, from infancy through adolescence. They are trained to perform comprehensive eye exams, diagnose and treat various eye conditions, and prescribe corrective lenses as needed.
Pediatric optometrists typically have additional training beyond that of a general optometrist to work with children. They understand the unique needs of children’s developing eyes and vision, and they use specialized techniques and equipment to examine children’s eyes in a way that is comfortable and non-threatening.
Pediatric optometrists may also work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as pediatricians and ophthalmologists, to provide coordinated care for children with complex eye and vision conditions. They may also provide guidance to parents and caregivers on how to maintain healthy eye and vision habits in children, including the importance of regular eye exams, proper nutrition, and protecting children’s eyes from injury.