Pediatric Eye Care in Erie

Pediatric Eye Care in Erie

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 Erie pediatric eye doctor at Shawnee Optical - West Erie.

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

Your Pediatric Eye Care Professional in Erie

Our optometry practice in Erie

Photograph of James  Piersol
Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • EyeMed
  • Medicare

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 Shawnee Optical - West Erie 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 Shawnee Optical - West Erie 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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- Feb. 26, 2024
Very good experience with the doctor's eye exam and helpful employees to get me fitted with glasses....
- Oct. 10, 2023
Dr. Piersol & Staff at Shawnee Optical are very friendly & provide great service.
- Aug. 03, 2023
A very pleasant and professional experience
- Aug. 01, 2023
Everyone was extremely nice.
- Jul. 05, 2023
The glasses these kids picked out with the staff look so fantastic! Tysm for all ur help!
- May. 11, 2023
The doctor and the staff are very knowledgeable and professional!
- May. 08, 2023
Great service and professional care!
- May. 05, 2023
You have a customer for life.
- Apr. 17, 2023
Friendly staff and great selection of frames to choose from.
- Apr. 04, 2023
Completely pain-free experience! Professional staff; warm & friendly. Answered all my questions. Com... plete thorough exam.
- Feb. 19, 2023
Dr. Piersol was extremely gentle, knowledgeable, and kind. I've been to eye care professionals for ... over 20 years and he made me feel comfortable than most. Thumbs up.
- Feb. 19, 2023
Professional, friendly staff. Prescriptions have been accurate and choice of frames is great. I high... ly recommend them.
- Jan. 19, 2023
Always a great experience. Thank you!
- Jan. 16, 2023
Eye exam in January and a scratched cornea "emergency" this week - both experiences at Shawnee were ... professional and super helpful
- Jan. 15, 2023
Great service !!!! Everyone was very helpful
- Nov. 14, 2022
The most down to earth staff I have ever met! Mary was so sweet and accommodating!!
- Oct. 27, 2022
Not a rush out the door business. Doctor and staff make sure your comfortable in every way with yo... ur decisions. Thank you for taking the time with all my questions and your patience.
- Aug. 03, 2022
Great experience at Shawnee Optical. I was able to visit with the Doctor, get fitted for contacts, a... nd order a pair of glasses in less than an hour. They said the estimate for the glasses to arrive would be 7 to 10 business days. I picked them up today which was less than a week from my original appointment. Katie was super friendly and helpful she pointed out a chip in the frames and ordered a new pair for me right away. I didn't even ask. Great customer service. I highly recommend.
- Jul. 11, 2022
Like the transition lenses the transition was smooth lol
- Jan. 15, 2022
Everyone was friendly and efficient. My glasses were done much quicker than anticipated and I love t... hem.

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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!

Shawnee Optical - West Erie pediatric eye doctors can help.

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