What to Expect During an Exam400-07341565

Please allow 2-3 hours for a new patient examination. Pediatric and adult eye exams are very different from each other. In most cases, the pediatric exam is more in depth than needed for an adult.

  • The first part of the exam checks vision, color vision, and pupils. Special techniques are used to check eye alignment, depth perception, and use of the eyes together is a team. This is necessary to make sure your child’s vision is developing properly.
  • Your child will then get drops in both eyes. This is necessary to dilate the pupils and determine if your child needs glasses.  Dilated pupils also allow Dr. Goshorn to check the optic nerve and retina, as well as other eye structures.  The staff at Pediatric Eye Care and Strabismus are specially trained to instill drops in children’s eyes.  In some children, the drops can be sprayed on the lashes with the eyes closed.
  • You will then return to the waiting room while the drops are working, which can take up to 40 minutes.
  • Once the eyes are fully dilated, your child will return to an exam room to see Dr. Goshorn. A refraction (measurement for glasses) will be performed, and the health of the eyes determined.
  • After the examination, Dr. Goshorn will review your child’s condition with you in detail, begin treatment if necessary, and answer all your questions. She encourages you to write out any questions you may have prior to the appointment or while waiting for the drops to work in the waiting room.