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Measurement of visual functions is critical to the detection and diagnosis of eye disease, particularly in children where eliciting symptomology can be challenging. An effective practitioner-patient relationship is crucial in optometric practice and has numerous benefits such as increased satisfaction, good compliance to assessment and treatment. The aim of this work is to share my experience of assessing visual functions (visual acuity, stereopsis, and computer-based visual psychophysical testing) in infants and children. I will discuss some unique strategies in order gain attention of children ranging from infants to preschoolers. The importance of the waiting area, use of colorful toys, appropriate use of tests and language are a few among many strategies for getting through a pediatric vision assessment. Based on my 9 years experience as a pediatric optometrist and a child vision researcher, these approaches has been quite successful in conducting hundreds of pediatric vision assessments. A friendly clinician equipped with interesting age appropriate tests and colorful toys along with some essential communication skills can easily conduct a thorough and efficient pediatric vision assessment.
This is an opinion piece article. The figures are taken from a book for which I have received permission. The material has not been submitted to any other journal nor has been presented at any conferences.
This article will be particularly useful to practicing eye care clinicians and researchers who are working with a pediatric population. Useful additions to this piece based on experineces of other clinians is highly appreciated.