OUR DOCTORS

Amy A. Crigler, O.D.
Sarah B. Fratesi, O.D. 

 

OUR LOCATION

#6 Professional Plaza
Starkville, MS 39759
662-323-3330

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Pediatric Vision Care

  

Children's Vision Eye CareWhat Is Special about Children's Vision?

Vision, in the broadest sense, is the global ability of the brain to extract, process and act on information presented to the eye. This complex process can be thought of as three major but related areas: visual acuity, which is largely dependent upon refractive status and eye health; visual efficiency skills, representing eye focusing, teaming, and tracking skills; and visual information processing, representing the ability to recognize and discriminate visual stimuli and to interpret them correctly based upon previous experience. Every examination we provide for children, regardless of the child's age, has these thoughts in mind.

 

 

 

Infants 

 

Crigler Family Vision Center is proud to be a member of InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares®.
  

 

Even if no eye or vision problems are apparent, the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby's first eye assessment at 6 months.

 

Crigler Family VIsion Center will test for:

 

  • Excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
  • Eye movement ability
  • Eye health problems 

 

While these problems are not common, it is still important to identify children who have them at a young age. Vision development and eye health problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early.

 

Crigler Family VIsion Center hopes that eye health and vision care become an essential part of your infant's wellness care. Under InfantSEE®, Crigler Family Vision Center will provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service.
  

"The American Optometric Association guidelines recommend that all children have a complete vision and eye health examination at the age of 6 months, 3 years, upon entering kindergarten, and routine vision care (every 2 years) thereafter throughout their school years."  (http://www.aoa.org)

 

 

Children's Vision Eye Care

School Performance 

Many vision problems can be corrected more easily with early diagnosis and treatment. Reports have estimated that up to 25% of students in grades K - 6 have vision-related problems, which may contribute to poor school performance. The visual system matures rapidly during the first few years and it is important to identify any problems that may interfere with normal vision development.

 

 

 

 

 

Sport Vision Eye Care    

Eye Examinations

A comprehensive eye examination will assess visual acuity, refractive status, ocular health, eye tracking, eye focusing, and eye teaming. Visual acuity measures how clearly a child sees objects. Refractive status measures for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. The child is evaluated for any eye health problems, including active pathology or congenital anomalies. Eye tracking is the ability of the eyes to fixate, smoothly follow and look between objects or printed words. Eye focusing is the ability to efficiently change and sustain focus while reading. Eye teaming is the ability to coordinate both eyes accurately and without fatigue or excessive effort. Accurate eye teaming is also important for accurate two-eyed depth perception or stereopsis. Early detection and management is recommended to prevent vision loss or eye disease and to provide appropriate vision development. To learn more about how the examination process differs for infant, preschool, and school-aged children visit the links.

 

Hand - Eye Coordination


Hand - Eye Coordination

As part of the visual examination we also assess vision development. Young children use vision to explore the world by identifying and directing movement. If a problem in vision is preventing adequate development of perception and eye-hand coordination skills, then early intervention is vital.