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Pediatric Eye Care in St. Louis

Despite normal variations between kids and their senses, all children take in their world through their eyes and are visual learners to some extent. This is why Midwest Eye Associates believes that thorough eye examinations for kids are critical to learning and development, and encourages parents to be very serious about having regular eye exams for their children.

The Importance Of The First Eye Exam

Children should receive eye exams around 1, 3 and 5 years of age. The first exam is to ensure the eyes’ normal development.

At age 3, it is easier to determine a child’s true prescription because they can verbalize thoughts about their eyes and vision. And, most importantly, an eye exam before entering school is critical to the learning process.

Children need good vision to learn properly. Without good sight, you may find your child will fall behind in school despite his/her best efforts.

Dr. Seth Bachelier adds, “Kids don’t always tell their parents when they have trouble seeing. Sometimes kids are not even aware they don’t have good vision until they get a thorough eye exam.

This is why exams at all the proper times are important even if your child never complains of vision problems.”

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Pediatric Exams

Pediatric exams are also important for detecting conditions that can easily be treated in childhood, but may become more complicated if not detected and treated at an early stage.

The eyes and the brain work together very closely and, similar to muscles in our body, a child’s brain can be strengthened and conditioned.

So, if a visual problem or deficit exists, such as in conditions like strabismus or amblyopia, recognizing and treating it in a timely manner is crucial to developing normal vision in adulthood.

We can also learn a lot about patients’ overall health beyond the eyes through a comprehensive eye exam, and children are no different.

When visual problems are revealed in adolescence, it can often shed light on other important health issues.

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Personal History Of Your Children

You should tell the doctor any relevant personal history of your children such as premature birth, developmental delays, family history of eye problems, eye injuries or medications the child is taking. This would also be the time to address any concerns or issues your child has that might indicate a vision problem.

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InfantSee Program

Midwest Eye Associates is also a proud participant in the InfantSee program. 

Dr. Bachelier is very excited about this program and it’s ability to help his community, stating, “InfantSee is a fantastic program!

It offers one comprehensive eye exam free of charge to children less than 1 year of age. This is an important health initiative recognized by the state of Missouri and plenty of other states.

The earlier a child’s vision is evaluated, the better the prognosis for normal vision later in life.”

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This service offers early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income or ability to pay.

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According to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, learning can be affected.

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Healthy sight is very important for doing well in school, participating in outside activities, and hanging out with friends.

Meet Our Pediatric Eye Doctor

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Seth Bachelier, O.D.

Dr. Seth Bachelier received his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri­-Columbia in 2002. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri­-St. Louis School of Optometry in 2013, where he graduated with honors. With an education focused on clinical expertise and patient…