Pediatric Eye Care
If your child has an eye problem, is having difficulty reading or learning, or needs medical or surgical treatment for an illness affecting his or her eyes, Las Vegas eye doctor Grace Shin, M.D. has the experience and qualifications to care for your child.
As a fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologist, she has great expertise dealing with children and treating children’s eye disorders.
Dr. Shin also diagnoses and treats eye problems caused by diseases such as diabetes, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), neurofibromatosis, and myasthenia gravis.
Children are not just small adults. Dr. Shin and her caring staff at Ideal EyeCare know how to examine and treat little ones who cannot always say what is bothering them, answer medical questions, cooperate, or maintain patience during a medical examination.
In addition, we use equipment specially designed for children. Our office is arranged and decorated with your child in mind. Our examination rooms and waiting rooms have toys, videos, and reading material suited for children, which helps to create a comfortable environment for your family.
Learn more about vision in infants and children and pediatric eye exams below. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shin, call Ideal EyeCare at (702) 896-2020.
What to Expect at Your Child’s Visit
One of our skilled and experienced technicians will review the medical information provided during registration, discuss your child’s symptoms and your observations and concerns, then perform an age-appropriate workup, including checking his or her vision.
Extended workups may also include intraocular pressure testing, color vision testing, and stereoacuity assessment. Children who are not familiar with the alphabet may be asked to identify pictures from the standardized Allen chart in order to test their visual acuity.
Click here to download a copy of the Allen figures to practice before your visit.
It is important to assess each eye individually, so we may place an adhesive patch over one eye or use a special pair of occluding glasses to cover one eye while testing the other.
This can be disconcerting for some children, especially those with sensory issues, so it may be helpful to talk to your child about what to expect during his or her visit.
You can also take advantage of our Getting to Know You program and schedule a visit to our office a few days before your child’s appointment during which one of our team members will walk him or her through the steps of the examination and show them the equipment Dr. Shin will use.
In order to accurately evaluate and treat your child’s condition, it may be necessary to dilate his or her pupils with eye drops. While the drops can sting, the discomfort only lasts a few seconds.
If your child is being evaluated for strabismus (eye misalignment), Dr. Shin will measure his/her eye alignment prior to the installation of dilating eye drops because eye muscle measurements are generally not reliable if performed after dilation.
Once the drops are instilled, it typically takes 30-40 minutes for the pupils to widen, and your child may experience blurry vision, especially at near, or light sensitivity, for 24-48 hours afterward.