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A medical eye exam in children employs the use of special techniques and equipment to detect potentially sight-threatening issues, and even medical problems which can be serious or life-threatening.  This level of eye exam differs from a “routine” eye exam, in that it involves a higher level of complexity and decision-making by a pediatric eye care specialist.  It is therefore billed differently in that it falls under medical insurance coverage rather than vision/eyecare coverage and is subject to any applicable deductibles, co-insurance charges, and co-payments.

For example, an infant or young child may require a medical eye exam if “lazy eye” (amblyopia) or crossed eyes (strabismus) or just poor vision is suspected.  This child cannot be accurately diagnosed without the special tools and expertise of a medical eye exam.  Even if nothing is suspected, an infant or child this young simply cannot be accurately examined without the knowledge, skill, and experience of our experts at UCEC.  A local chain or optical shop is inadequate for proper care of such a child.

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