Caring for Kids: Eye care for kids

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Caring for Kids - Eye Care

At Park Nicollet, we know that eye care goes way beyond seeing the blackboard at school. Kids need to be able to focus, concentrate, read, play sports and look their best. Our compassionate eye care experts screen kids for eye disease and vision problems. We also offer a wide selection of glasses and contacts. We'll keep your kids healthy and find personalized eyewear solutions to meet their unique needs.

Eye exams

Regular eye exams are an important part of your child's preventive health care. We offer eye exams at eight convenient Park Nicollet Clinic locations; we even offer Saturday appointments for busy families. Call 952-993-3150 to make an appointment. Exams take about 45 to 60 mintues and will be performed by an optometrist (OD) or opthalmologist (MD). Be sure to mention if your child is interested in or currently wears contact lenses when your schedule your appointment. Learn more

Eyewear and products

From trendy looks to traditional styles, we have what your kids need to improve their vision. Our Optical Store and Contact Lens Store offer a wide variety of products at a variety of prices. Complete pairs of lenses and frames start at $99. Call 952-993-1940 to learn about glasses; 952-993-1512 to order contact lenses. Learn more

Vision problems, warning signs

Kids can make some great faces - especially when they're posing for photos or flinching at home-cooked meals. However, some faces can signify bigger problems. If you catch your children frequently blinking, covering up an eye or tilting their heads to one side of the other, it can be an early indicator of vision problems.

Signs that may indicate a child has vision problems include:

  • An eye turning in or out
  • Avoiding reading and other close activities
  • Covering one eye
  • Difficulty remembering what he or she read
  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Frequent headaches
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • Losing place when reading
  • Seeing double
  • Short attention span
  • Tilting the head to one side
    Source: American Optometric Association

If your child displays there warning signs, schedule an eye exam or talk to your child's doctor.