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Eye Care

Does my child need eyeglasses?

Knowing if a child needs glasses isn’t as simple as knowing if an adult needs glasses. Children don’t necessarily know if they’re having vision problems.

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Dental

Your Child’s Dental Health Timeline

Every parent wants their child to be strong and healthy. Here’s what you need to know to make your child’s teeth healthy at every stage of their development.

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Eye Care

Getting Kids to Wear Eyeglasses

As a parent, it can come as a relief when your child is diagnosed with a vision impairment that is easily corrected with eyeglasses. Armed with

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Dental

How to keep your kid safe when playing sports

Sports are an important part of many kids’ healthy lifestyle. Playing sports can help your child stay fit and strong, and gain important social and life skills.

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Dental

How important is fluoride for my child’s teeth?

For children of all ages, fluoride is important to strengthen tooth enamel, which helps prevent against tooth decay.

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Frequently asked questions

What is nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a refractive disorder that impacts the eye’s ability to focus on objects that are far away.  An eye affected with nearsightedness is either too long or the cornea is too steep, which means that light rays will focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it.  Being nearsighted, therefore, means that close objects are in focus while distant ones are not.  

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Common childhood eye problems
How to know if your child needs glasses

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a common refractive disorder that affects either the shape of the cornea or the shape of the lens.  For both near and far objects, vision can be blurred because the affected eye cannot focus.  Astigmatism can coexist with both nearsightedness and farsightedness and should be corrected as soon as it is diagnosed.  Astigmatism in kids can be difficult to diagnose because children with astigmatism sometimes don’t recognize the blurriness they see as a condition worth reporting.  Comprehensive eye exams are necessary for a correct diagnosis and to rule out other eye concerns.  

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Common childhood vision problems
How to know if you child needs glasses
 

What if my child loses or breaks his glasses?

We can usually repair or replace broken frames within five days, but it is always good to have a backup pair available if something should occur to your child’s primary pair of glasses. Medicaid covers the full cost of replacement glasses for children, so there is always a way to get another pair of frames.

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Glasses for children
Getting kids to wear glasses

Are eyeglasses covered by Medicaid?

Yes, children’s glasses are fully covered by Medicaid. We carry over 350 Medicaid-approved frames, so you can get your child the perfect pair of glasses for little or no cost to you. 

How can I get my toddler to keep her glasses on?

Trying to ensure that young children stick to their vision treatment plan can be very tricky. First make sure their glasses fit perfectly. If the glasses aren’t comfortable, the child will naturally want to take them off. Use elastic straps to help keep the glasses in place. Next, try to make wearing glasses fun—find a favorite cartoon character with glasses like SpongeBob or the Minions, and fit some glasses on the child’s dolls. Reward and praise your child for wearing their glasses a little longer each day, and be a role model by wearing glasses yourself. Here are some more tips on how to get your child to wear their glasses.

If my child passed a vision screening at school does she still need an eye exam?

Yes, she still needs a comprehensive eye exam from an optometrist with the training and equipment to detect the full range of potential childhood vision issues. Vision screenings at school typically only test for nearsightedness and are not capable of identifying more serious eye conditions. One in four children may have a vision issue that could impair development and success at school. All children should undergo eye exams every one to two years started from the time they reach six months.

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