I still remember when I first realized I might be nearsighted. I was sitting in the back of my art history my high school senior year and thought the angels in a Renaissance painting looked like rabbits (see how the wings could pass for bunny ears?). Well, this was obviously no good. I had to see the art slides clearly to pass, so I asked to move up to the very front of the class. The following year, as a freshman in college, I finally got my first set of glasses. I only wore them during lectures. If only a treatment center like Treehouse Eyes Myopia Care for Kids had existed back then!
Fast forward 22 years, and I have three children who’ve inherited some serious nearsighted genes. My prescription is minor (-0.75 in my good eye and -1.75 in my bad eye), but my husband’s myopia is significant (-5.5 and -8.5). So when Treehouse Eyes contacted me about partnering with them, I was curious about what they had to offer above and beyond the regular school and pediatrician’s vision screening.
The first thing my two youngest kids (ages 8 and 12) and I noticed at Treehouse Eyes is the personal welcome we received. Their names were up on a whiteboard, and the waiting room invites fidgety kids of all ages to play puzzles and games until it’s time for Dr. Andrew Morgenstern, OD to see them.
Next, Dr. Morgenstern took my children in to assess whether they were candidates for the Treehouse Vision SystemTM. He quickly realized that my littles did not in fact qualify, because their vision was better than 20/20. But obviously most kids whose parents self-refer to Treehouse Eyes will need the full assessment. In our case, we learned thanks to Dr. Morgenstern’s state-of-the art technology that our daughter, 12, has an old corneal scar that we’ll need to monitor if she gets hurt in the eye (most likely during sports). We would never have known that with the basic “read the bottom line” vision assessment at school or annual pediatric visits.
After giving a nearsighted child’s thorough vision assessment, Dr. Morgenstern will work closely with you to determine and suggest a completely personalized treatment plan for their myopia. The goal is always the same: to slow or even stop your child’s myopia from progressing with patent-pending system system that includes special eye drops and contact lenses.
Since it’s December, now is the perfect time to schedule your child’s appointment at Treehouse Eyes, especially if you, like me, have leftover “use it or lose it” FSA/HSA money to spend. The cost is a fixed, universal price, like the orthodontist. While Treehouse Eyes isn’t in-network for any insurance plans, they will provide itemized receipts for you to submit to your FSA plans as well as your out-of-service insurance reimbursement.
How to know if your child is a good candidate for screening:
- If your child wears glasses
- If your child is nearsighted (When glasses off, blurry at distance)
- If parents are nearsighted
- If child failed school vision screening
- If child is on computer screen over 1-2 hours per day
If parents are concerned about decreasing vision of the child