Posted by: juliegriffey | March 16, 2010

Examining Young Eyes: The Challenge of Fixation

Vision Testing

Vision Testing - Fixation Exam

We have learned from our many optometry and ophthalmology friends that one of the most challenging populations to examine are children between the ages of 1 and 5.  The problem is that simply, kids tend to be wiggly, and in order to properly examine them, they need to be still.

One common test that is performed on children is a fixation examination, an exam that checks how well the eyes focus images on the retina. During the exam, the child must fix their vision on an object while the examiner covers one eye at a time – observing how well the uncovered eye maintains fixation.

Ophthalmologists and optometrists have used different things as fixations objects.  A successful fixation object is one that gets the attention of the young patient.

At Amcon – we have carried traditional fixation sticks and other related products, however this season we have brought in a new item that is sure to get everyone’s attention.  Check out our singing fixation creatures.


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