The importance of regular pediatric eye exams for children with special needs

Published on
January 2, 2023

Regular pediatric eye exams are important for all children, and they are especially important for children with special needs or difficulty in the classroom. Children with special needs may have unique vision challenges that require specialized care and treatment.

What is a pediatric eye exam?

A pediatric eye exam is a comprehensive evaluation of a child's visual system, including their eyes and vision. The purpose of a pediatric eye exam is to detect any vision problems or eye health issues in children and to provide appropriate treatment.

During a pediatric eye exam, the eye doctor will check the child's visual acuity, which is their ability to see clearly at different distances. The eye doctor will also check the child's eye alignment and eye movements, eye focusing and tracking, as well as the health of the eyes and surrounding tissues.

In addition to these basic tests, the eye doctor may also perform other specialized tests depending on the child's needs and age. For example, the eye doctor may use eye drops to dilate the pupils to get a better view of the back of the eye. The eye doctor may also use special instruments to check the child's eye pressure and to examine the front and back of the eye in more detail.

Why is it important to schedule a pediatric eye exam if your child is struggling with reading? 

There are a variety of visual skills that are used for reading. It is estimated that one out of every five children has an undetected vision problem that impacts their ability to read. When a child starts reading they require new visual skills such as tracking the eyes smoothly across a sentence and from one line to the next. They need to be able to maintain focus for extended periods of time with both eyes. And they need to be able to easily change their focus from reading material to the teacher or board. All of these visual skills are developed differently by each child, and any trouble with reading should be checked out by a pediatric eye doctor to determine if there is an underlying visual problem that is impacting the child's success in the classroom. 

Why is there a need for pediatric eye exams for children with special needs?

Here are a few reasons why pediatric eye exams are important for children with special needs:

Early detection and treatment of vision problems

Children with special needs may be more prone to vision problems due to their underlying medical conditions and development. By having regular eye exams, any vision problems can be detected and treated early, which can help improve their quality of life.

Improved learning and development

Good vision is essential for learning and development. Children with special needs may have difficulty learning if they have untreated vision problems. By having regular eye exams, vision problems can be corrected, which can help improve their learning and development.

Better communication and socialization

Children with special needs may have difficulty communicating and socializing with others. Good vision is important for reading facial expressions and body language, which can help children with special needs communicate and socialize more effectively.


Children with special needs may be more prone to accidents and injuries due to their underlying medical conditions and developmental delays. Good vision can help improve their safety by allowing them to see potential hazards more clearly.

Schedule a pediatric eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga

Regular pediatric eye exams are important for all children, but it is especially important for any child that is struggling with reading. It is also extremely important that children who are special needs have a pediatric eye exam as they can help detect and treat vision problems, improve learning and development, improve communication and socialization, and enhance safety. If your child struggles with reading or has special needs, it is important to make sure they receive regular pediatric eye exams to ensure that any vision problems are detected and treated as soon as possible. To schedule a pediatric eye exam, please call (423) 710 3965. Patients looking for a pediatric eye exam visit our clinic from all over Tennessee and we are proud to be a leading provider of pediatric eye care for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.



Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
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