Pediatric Eye Care in Columbia

Pediatric Eye Care in Columbia

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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 Columbia pediatric eye doctor at Primary EyeCare - Columbia.

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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 Primary EyeCare - Columbia 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 Primary EyeCare - Columbia 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.

Patient Reviews
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- May. 16, 2024
Everyone was super cool and nice. And loved the selection of frames. SO MANY FRAMES.
- Apr. 04, 2024
We use to go to another Optometrist which I really like but it was hard to get an appointment & I ha... d been an established patient for years. Primary Eye Care got me right in, the employees are friendly & efficient & seem to go out of their way. Primary Eye Care is the only place we’ll go for all our eye needs.
- Feb. 15, 2024
I had an amazing experience here! Everyone was so friendly & welcoming. They got me in super quickly... after I had an accident that injured my eye. I was so impressed by the staff! ❤️
- Feb. 02, 2024
Wow. I had the best experience I've ever had at an eye clinic. Fast, professional, and not in a hurr... y to get me in and out. They answered all of my questions, got my Rx fixed that another clinic messed up on and were very friendly. They get my whole family's business from here on! I never leave Google reviews but I had to on this one. Great business to deal with.
- Dec. 28, 2023
10/10 the front desk, the assistants, the doctor the price and the glasses store are all 10/10 best ... eye appointment I've ever had!
- Oct. 12, 2023
Incredible customer service from the entire staff. Had a bad eye infection and was in a lot of pain.... My regular doctor was out of town and I found them on Google Maps (after striking out at two other places). Walked in with no appointment, they had a full schedule, but they immediately responded with compassion and got me in to see a doctor. Went above and beyond in their care. They obviously put the patient first.
- May. 10, 2023
Loved my experience here. From front desk to exam room to frames purchasing, they make you feel at e... ase and kindness just flows throughout the building.
- Apr. 14, 2023
Dr pace and staff are very Professional, friendly and absolutely wonderful people.
- Mar. 10, 2023
I was a new patient at this office and had an amazing experience! I was able to book my appointment ... the day before, and it went smooth, comfortable, and quick. They have lots of frames to choose from, and had the prescription filled in less than a week. They fixed my old glasses too, and installed a new screw. Everyone was so kind here and boosted my self esteem. Highly recommend this place for your vision needs!
- Feb. 02, 2023
Cannot say enough good things about Primary EyeCare! The staff and doctors are all so welcoming and ... pleasant, they are super knowledgable and great at what they do, and they make my kids feel comfortable and included when they get their exams. Thankful we found this little gem of a place!
- Nov. 28, 2022
I just had a new patient appointment at this office with my new baby girl in tow. Though I tried to ... schedule it at a good time for her, she started crying about halfway through the appointment. The staff and doctor were so understanding, and some even held her for me to try to calm her while I finished up my appointment. They went above and beyond to help this new mom out, and their kindness meant so much. Definitely recommend this office.
- Sep. 09, 2022
Super friendly and extremely helpful staff! Dr. Pace put me right at ease and helped with all my que... stions. Would definitely recommend them if you’ve had bad experiences elsewhere!
- Aug. 09, 2022
Great, professional, friendly folks and such care for their patients. Great group of people!
- Dec. 02, 2021
A+ eye-care. Office team members were extremely helpful from the exam to glasses selection. They wer... e also very accommodating to having a two-year-old along for the visit. Highly recommend their services to anyone!
- Nov. 30, 2021
Extremely sweet and helpful.
- Oct. 27, 2021
Today was my first visit to this office, and EVERYONE was professional, friendly, and very helpful. ... Dr. Young was very knowledgeable and listened patiently to my concerns and thoughts. From the front desk to the frame selection room, I was treated with respect and kindness. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
- Nov. 12, 2020
What a amazing place. I was so pleased with the friendly staff and great service - not to mention gr... eat glasses 🙂
- Mar. 18, 2020
Everyone there is great. Love Dr. Young💗
- Mar. 17, 2020
The staff was great and personalble. They showed great concern for what I had stated what I was want... ing to spend and stayed within my budget. Saniitation wasd done in front of me . i felt so comfortable.
- Feb. 12, 2020
This is probably the first doctor's office of any kind I have visited where everyone had a welcoming... attitude! I took my oldest daughter there for an exam this morning and ALL the staff we encountered at her visit were super nice and professional! The optometrist was thorough and engaged. I made an appointment for my other daughter and I before we left!

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Your Pediatric Eye Care Professional in Columbia

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 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!

Primary EyeCare - Columbia pediatric eye doctors can help.

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