Every year Dr. Garmon and Dr. Spangle volunteer their time at local elementary schools to provide vision screenings to 1st and 3rd grade students. While this does not replace a comprehensive eye exam, it does give the doctor a good idea if glasses or further vision testing are needed. Kids who do not see well may likely have problems in the classroom. The Drs. inform the school nurse when it is recommended a student be seen for a comprehensive exam. The school then notifies the parent(s)/ guardian(s) that the student be referred to an eyecare provider.
Bright Eyes welcomes patients of all ages. The American Optometric Association recommends an initial exam for children at 6 months of age. This examination is to identify anything present that would interfere with healthy eye development. The AOA further recommends a comprehesive exam at age 3 and then Kindergarten age (5-6 years old). Dr. Garmon and Dr. Spangle recommend yearly comprehensive eye exams for children because just as a child's body is growing and changing so are the eyes. Determining a need for corrective lenses earlier is better when it comes to meeting the goal of healthy vision for life.