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Optometric disease management is so mainstream that there are limited encounters which seem that intimidating until a child with a challenge is in our chair, then all bets are off. A pediatric eye exam is a work of art which requires keen observation and efficiency. Unlike (most) adults, kids are often poor historians so it becomes the job of the skilled optometrist to manipulate the conventional exam, identify the problem and treat the patient.

Over the past couple of years, I have had the pleasure of working with the pediatric population. In that time, I came across some lingering questions that would arise based on history, patient responses or behavior. Similarly, there were a number of times when my colleagues would ponder over questions after a pediatric eye exam. The following is a list of the most frequently asked questions I have encountered. The answers include some techniques designed to help you achieve a smoother exam sequence. In addition, if things go south, these techniques can help you troubleshoot and get back on track.

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Sloan Rajadhyksha
Associate Editor for Sloan Rajadhyksha is a California native and Berkeley graduate currently completing her residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation at SUNY. She has been an active leader in the optometric student community; her current roles include being Founder of Optometry Student Network and President of SOLutioN. Sloan's passion within optometry lies with private practice and helping students build connections across the country.

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