During the infant and
toddler years, your child has been
developing many vision skills and has
been learning how to see. In the
preschool years this process continues
as your child develops visually guided
eye-hand-body coordination, fine motor
skills and the visual motor skills
necessary to learn to read.
As a parent, you should watch for signs
that may indicate a vision development
problem, including a short attention
span for the child's age, difficulty
with eye-hand-body coordination in ball
play and bike riding or avoidance of
coloring and puzzles and other detailed
There are everyday things that you can
do at home to help your preschooler's
vision develop as it should.
These activities include reading aloud
to your child and letting him or her see
what you are reading. Provide your child
a chalkboard, finger paints and
different shaped blocks and show your
child how to use them in imaginative
play. Provide safe opportunities to use
playground equipment like a jungle gym
and balance beam and allow them time for
interacting with other children and for
By age three, your
child should have a thorough eye examination to make sure your
preschooler's vision is developing
properly and there is no evidence of eye
disease. If needed, your doctor can
prescribe treatment including glasses
and/or vision therapy to correct a
vision development problem.
otherwise, your child's next eye
examination should be at age five. By
comparing test results of the two
examinations, your eye doctor can tell
how well your child's vision is
developing for the next major step into
the school years.
Appelman Eye Associates is
located in St. Peters Missouri
Dr. Appelman, Dr. Carenza, and the caring staff provide personalized 'One-on-One' eye care.
We have earned our reputation by
providing the finest in eye health care,
eyewear, and contact lenses at
We will make every effort to take a
complete approach to your eye care.
This means that we will take the time to not
only understand your eye health and visual
needs, but your general health, lifestyle,
and dietary habits as well. This is somewhat
rare in health care today, but we think you
will find it to be a refreshing change.
Seeing 20/20 doesn't necessarily mean your eyes are healthy. Many eye problems can only be detected during a thorough eye exam. Our eye doctors uses
the latest innovative diagnostic equipment to detect even the smallest changes in your vision and eye health. We will evaluate your risk factors for diseases of the eye. It's important to know that diseases of the eye can also be an indicator of general health issues.
Schedule your Eye health and Vision appointment today with our experienced eye care providers at our
St. Peters Missouri office and give your vision the level of care and attention it deserves.