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Family Eye Care

Our doctors and staff have experience caring for every generation of eyes in your family - from the littlest peepers to those who’ve seen the world. We recommend annual visits for kids six and older as well as all adults to keep eyes healthy and catch any issues before they impact your vision.


Here are some family eye care guidelines for you and your family.

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  • 6-12 months old: The eye doctor should first see your baby between six and 12 months of age. At this visit the doctor will ensure the retina has formed correctly and check for lazy eye. As an InfantSee provider*, Distinctive Eyewear doesn't charge for this visit.


  • 3 years old: At three, your child will have his/her first eye exam! At this visit we'll check on the overall health of their eyes. Your child will identify shapes on an eye chart and the doctor will check his/her depth perception. You can help your child feel great about coming in by bringing them with you to one of you appointments prior to their first exam. At Distinctive Eyewear, kids are always welcome to shadow exams to help them get comfortable with the process. 


  • Around Kindergarten: Your child's next exam will take place right before they start kindergarten. Kids should have their eyes checked annually moving forward. Even if a child appears to see perfectly or has 20/20 vision, that doesn't mean they don't need help seeing close up (to read) or focusing on things far away (the teacher, the chalkboard, etc.).


  • Growth Spurts: Eyes can change drastically during a growth spurt. Dr. Mentessi and Dr. Orehek recommend that kids get their eyes checked following a growth spurt.


  • Early 40s: This is the time in life when the ability to focus close up on fine print and screens (cell phones, computers, etc.) starts to change. At this age it's important for everyone (both those who wear glasses/contact lenses or those who never have) to evaluate how your near-vision can be improved .


  • Age 55+: Cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration are all conditions, that if caught early, are treatable. Adults over 55 should be sure to get their eyes checked annually for early detection and correction of age-related issues.  


Everyone, Every Age: Annual eye exams keep you seeing the world clearly and beautifully. 

Make appointments for you and your family, today! 



*InfantSee is a no-cost public health program developed to provide professional eye care for infants nationwide. Through InfantSEE®, optometrists will provide a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment to infants in their first year of life, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income. Learn more here.