Pediatric Eye Care in New Castle

Pediatric Eye Care in New Castle

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Pediatric Eye Care: Why Is It Important?

  • Concerned that your baby’s eyesight may be hindering their development?
  • Do your toddler’s eyes appear misaligned?

Studies show that up to 10% of preschoolers have vision problems. However, kids generally aren't aware there's an issue, and don't complain about their eyes. It is therefore crucial to detect the first signs of vision problems before complications arise.

Give them the clear vision and healthy eyes they deserve by visiting our New Castle pediatric eye doctor at Preferred EyeCare - New Castle.

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4 Signs Your Child May Have a Vision Problem

  • Trouble seeing electronic screens

    Your child sits very close, tilts their head or squints to better see TVs, computer screens and other electronic screens.

  • Difficulty reading or following moving objects

    Your child often loses their place while reading, or can’t track a ball as it moves when playing sports.

  • Headaches & eye strain

    Your child complains of tired eyes or headaches after performing tasks that are visually intensive, such as reading or writing.

  • Missed milestones

    Your child may miss milestones such as crawling and walking, or show signs of poor depth perception.

For your child to successfully engage in sports and achieve their academic potential, they need to have healthy eyes and clear vision. The experienced and caring children's eye doctors at Preferred EyeCare - New Castle will carefully examine their eyes and provide guidance to ensure your child’s healthy vision.


Pediatric Eye Exams: What You Need to Know

  • Baby’s First Eye Exam- 6 months old

    Though your baby won’t be able to speak yet, we can still assess their eye health. Is there anything abnormal about their eyes' appearance? Do the eyes move in unison? Can your baby’s eyes follow a toy or a familiar face in motion? Do they respond to light? Your child’s general eye health will be assessed for infection, or eye conditions such as an eye turn or potentially sight-threatening eye disease.

  • Eye Exams for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Ages 2 - 5

    At Preferred EyeCare - New Castle we do our best to make eye exams fun for the little ones; we use toys and other fun objects where possible, and our eye charts for little kids feature colorful shapes or pictures that they’ll recognize. We check for poor depth perception, color vision problems, strabismus/amblyopia (eye turns/lazy eye), and problems with visual focusing. Our optometrist may dilate your preschooler’s pupils to get a better view of their retina, optic nerve and blood vessels.

  • Eye Exams of School-Age Kids: Ages 6 - 18

    For this age group, our eye care team will use advanced technologies to assess refractive errors and determine how well the visual system is functioning. This includes checking for difficulties with distance and near vision and signs of eye disease, eye-coordination problems or other health conditions.


Safeguard Your Child’s Vision, Now and In the Future

Pediatric Eye Care FAQs

How do you take care of kids
  • Make sure they wear sunglasses and a hat to protect their eyes from dangerous UV rays when outside.
  • Increase the time they spend outdoors. 
  • Make sure they eat their fruits and veggies. Fruits and veggies high in lutein and zeaxanthin have been found to protect eyes from free radical damage.
  • Schedule regular pediatric eye exams. Detecting and treating eye conditions and diseases commonly found in children, such as strabismus and amblyopia, can help prevent unnecessary struggles and vision problems later in life. The pediatric eye doctor will also check your child’s vision for refractive errors and visual skill deficiencies that might hinder your child’s development.
At what age should I bring my child for their first eye exam?

Our pediatric eye professionals recommend you bring your child in for their first eye exam at around 6 months of age. This allows your child’s eye doctor to check that their vision is progressing as expected. Early detection and treatment of certain conditions at this stage of development are essential for keeping your child’s vision and eye health on track, and can help prevent complications as they grow up.

Can I use Ortho-K lenses if I have dry eye syndrome?

While kids may wear glasses from as early as a few months of age, most kids who wear glasses tend to get them between the ages of 6 and 12. The three main conditions for which they wear eyeglasses are myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.

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- Jun. 08, 2024
Dr and staff are amazing. 10/10 recommend
- Jun. 04, 2024
Best in New Castle! I recommend Preferred Eye Care to all! Fast and easy and staff was extremely f... riendly and helpful!
- Apr. 16, 2024
The employees were very helpful and polite they have a wide section of frames
- Mar. 10, 2024
Staff was wonderful. I love my new glasses.
- Feb. 23, 2024
Took my daughter here and everyone was really friendly and helpful. She had to get glasses and they ... were ready with in a week. Very friendly and welcoming.
- Jan. 05, 2024
This was my first visit, and I was treated very courteously. Dr. Kieninger did a thorough exam and I... am confident in her diagnosis. Even printed me a Good RX coupon. I couldn't ask for anything more.
- Sep. 28, 2023
Always friendly and Contact order to delivery is always faster than predicted. Dr.Jessica is very n... ice and listens.
- Aug. 28, 2023
Dr. K is the best!!!!
- Jul. 03, 2023
They have been wonderful I appreciate you all more then you know! Thank you!
- May. 25, 2023
Everyone was wonderful! Gabby had lost her glasses and mine had gone through the washer and were ext... remely warped. They were able to order Gabs a new pair and actually repaired mine.
- Apr. 26, 2023
I actually felt that the Dr. and staff took the time to listen to me and heard my concerns. I had a ... great experience and I'm glad I switched to Preferred EyeCare
- Mar. 19, 2023
They have the best selection in glasses for Medicaid patients and everybody there is soo friendly!!!...
- Jan. 02, 2023
Having had glasses since I was 18 months old, I've seen several eye doctors over the years. Dr. Kien... inger and Preferred Eye Care have been the best by far! They are always so kind and helpful, along with being thorough and professional. I recommend them to anyone looking for an eye doctor!
- Dec. 21, 2022
Very friendly professional staff
- Dec. 17, 2022
I have always taken my kids to the same location for over 10 years. Some of the people have changed ... but the atmosphere has stayed the same. Friendly, fast, accurate and patient with my kids.
- Dec. 05, 2022
Everyone was very friendly and professional. It was a pleasant experience
- Dec. 01, 2022
Couldn't have had a better appointment. It was very easy to get through and the staff were very prof... essional. I would suggest this place to anyone who asked me where to go to get their eyes checked or to get glasses that's for sure. Stop in and check this place out they've got a wicked amount of different eyeglasses to choose from.
- Nov. 18, 2022
Everytime I'm there is a very pleasant experience, everyone is very kind and considerate. ❤️
- Nov. 18, 2022
Everyone in the office is so nice and they all do a wonderful job to assure that my eyes stay health... y. I appreciate you all very much!
- Nov. 16, 2022
My last visit was so horrible I really did not want to return,made an appointment went in and left a... nd did not return till today against my better judgement because I love the eye Dr. there my experience was not with her at all she is great it was with front desk and glasses tech who is no longer there she was not the only one either and they are still there. My visit today was awesome accourse the Dr. was great, technician for choosing my glasses her name was Shelby and she did a great job, patient, informative, involved ,for first time I purchased extended insurance on my glasses I am also coming back to get another pair next month and sun glasses in January, I am sooooo glad my visit was good I have been coming there for a long time I did not want to leave mainly because the Dr. Being so good, thanks

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Your child deserves to see the world clearly!

Preferred EyeCare - New Castle pediatric eye doctors can help.

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