Pediatric Eye Care in Columbia

Pediatric Eye Care in Columbia

Children's Eye Doctors - Dedicated to Helping Kids See Clearly

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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 Eyes On Missouri - Columbia.

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

Your Pediatric Eye Care Professional in Columbia

Our optometry practice in Columbia

Photograph of Debra  Renner
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
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • MetLife
  • Blue Cross

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 Eyes On Missouri - 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 Eyes On Missouri - 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.

Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 21, 2024
Very good staff and doctor! Highly recommend.
- Mar. 22, 2024
Everyone was very thorough, friendly, and quick!
- Feb. 05, 2024
I really appreciate the staff and their ability to make sure you have what you need.
- Jan. 23, 2024
They are friendly and helpful. The eye doctor is really nice.
- Jan. 12, 2024
I was very pleased with my visit to this Dr. for an eye exam, and glasses.The Dr and staff were very... professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The receptionist that scheduled my appointment was very patient, and courteous, the Dr. was professional, and answered all my questions, and the optical technician that helped me select my glasses, were all top notch, and I would definitely recommend this business.
- Dec. 07, 2023
Office staff very nice and professional. Doctor was easy to talk to and was informative about result... s of my exam. It was my first visit and plan to return for next exam!
- Oct. 21, 2023
My experience was not only professional but efficient and reliable. I would recommend to others.
- Aug. 08, 2023
I had an awesome experience with Eyes on Missouri.
- Jul. 24, 2023
I have worn glasses since the age of 3 and this is probably THE BEST experience I have ever had with... a vision exam. Dr. Renner was EXCELLENT at answering questions and so so so patient with the 1s and 2s. David, at the front desk, is highly efficient and knows anything you could possibly want to know about that office. Sydney was fabulously empathetic and very professional with my initial testing (no puffs there!!!) and Natalie rounded it all off with her expertise with frames, contacts, insurance, etc. It was just wonderful and with my horrible vision I never know what to expect or what I'll be told. So this visit was informative, fast and comfortable. NO QUESTION is stupid and you just feel like they have your best interests at heart. That's not easy to find anymore. Wish I could give it 500 stars!!!
- Jul. 21, 2023
Good service all around
- Jun. 12, 2023
Super friendly staff and quick to get an eye exam. I was even checked after I put in a new contact p... rescription to make sure everything was clear. Highly recommend!
- Mar. 19, 2023
First and foremost, they're on time!! The front staff is knowledgeable and answered all my questions... . The Dr and her staff are top notch and actually are very personable- not just robots doing a job. To sum up, Eyes on Missouri is one of the best eye care and glasses outlet I've had the pleasure to experience!! Cheers!
- Mar. 06, 2023
I had a great experience with my first appointment here! The staff and doctor were professional and ... friendly. I didn’t feel pressured to buy anything I didn't want or need after the appointment, either, which was a lovely change. I would recommend them!
- Feb. 09, 2023
Great great place. Love Dr. Renner - she's awesome. All the staff are kind and knowledgeable! Nice s... election of glasses.
- Dec. 23, 2022
I've been coming to them for a few years. One time I brought a friend to them ,because everybody els... e told him no and Eyes On Missouri got him what he needed in no time. The staff is very friendly and eager to help you.
- Dec. 09, 2022
Awesome staff and always a great selection of frames to choose from!
- Sep. 21, 2022
10/10 Was an exceptional experience!
- Sep. 20, 2022
Excellent place to go get your eyes checked or. Buy glasses very helpful and kind people great price... s ☺️ great atmosphere
- Sep. 11, 2022
Great staff!!! They have always met my needs and go above an beyond to make sure that I'm comfortabl... e with the decisions/choices with my Eyewear.
- Sep. 02, 2022
Very fast and friendly service. My glasses arrived after only a week. Definitely 5 stars!

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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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Your child deserves to see the world clearly!

Eyes On Missouri - Columbia pediatric eye doctors can help.

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