Diagnose and treat vision problems for infants and babies.
What does an Infant Optometrist do?
An Infant Optometrist diagnoses and treats vision problems in babies. Because healthy vision is critically important to babies’ healthy development, Infant Optometrists have a crucial job. After all, babies’ eyes serve as the vessel through which they learn — their ability to speak, sit, stand, and socialize all hinges on their ability to see the world around them.
As an Infant Optometrist, you’re a type of Pediatric Optometrist who’s referred by Pediatricians. You recognize that catching and correcting vision problems early can improve babies’ motor, cognitive, and social development. More than the average Optometrist, therefore, you’re like an Auto Mechanic who works on infants’ eyes: You “tune” them up so their brains — the engines — can run smoothly and successfully.
Like all Optometrists, your primary duty is giving eye exams. Because infants can’t read eye charts, however, your exams are unique: Typically, you start by using toys and lights to determine babies’ ability to focus, recognize colors, and perceive depth or dimension. Then you give babies special eye drops that help their pupils dilate, making their eyes easier to examine with ocular tools. Although babies can’t wear contact lenses, treatments might include glasses, patching, or parent-assisted exercises.
Because babies’ favorite game is peek-a-boo, you’re like an optical Athletic Trainer, making sure their eyes are strong enough to play!