Pediatric Eye Care in Rockford

Pediatric Eye Care in Rockford

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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 Rockford pediatric eye doctor at Primary EyeCare Centers - Edgebrook.

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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 Primary EyeCare Centers - Edgebrook 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 Primary EyeCare Centers - Edgebrook 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.


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

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.

Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 26, 2024
Amee the optician is very kind, sweet, and patient. The experience is 10/10!
- Mar. 26, 2024
I have been a patient of Dr. Kittle for over 15 years! He is awesome! The staff is awesome. My tech ... Rhonda was very helpful and the receptionist Ravena was very helpful as well!
- Sep. 15, 2023
Great experience, great people 💯👍👍👍
- Oct. 24, 2022
The BEST I've ever experienced! The optometrist is very thorough. The office staff is sooo pleasant.... I live out of town otherwise this would be my office of choice for life. 5 stars easily!
- Oct. 28, 2021
EDGEBROOK PRIMARY EYE CARE WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR MY WIFE AND I. THEY TAKE YOU THRU THE PROCESS ... OF THE STAGES OF GIVING A SMOOTH CHECK-UP AND ANSWER ANY CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE. THE CHOICE OF FRAMCES ARE FOR ANY BUDGET. STAFF IS GREAT.
- Sep. 30, 2021
Every employee with whom I had contact was professional and very pleasant.
- Sep. 29, 2021
Dr. Kittle is OUTSTANDING!!
- Sep. 18, 2021
Always a pleasant experience in an office staffed by warm, caring professionals.
- Aug. 28, 2021
Wonderful service. Highly recommend them.
- Aug. 20, 2021
Dr. Priyanka Patel was amazing! She worked magic on me and corrected my left eye to 20/30 vision wh... en I have never been able to read out of it (54 years)! Here manner is amazing and just a very likeable person all around. She cares about her patients and makes extraordinary efforts to make sure your prescriptions are exactly right! Don't look any further for an Optometrist. Trust me, she is the one for you!
- Aug. 12, 2021
Great practice what a fun bunch! The Dr's and staff are very thorough.
- Aug. 12, 2021
Took my son for his 1st eye appointment. They were very patient with him. I myself went to get my ey... es checked too. It was a pleasant experience. Would highly recommend.
- Jul. 16, 2021
During a routine exam I was greeted by friendly faces and rapid service. The tech ,Italiana, was fri... endly and very thorough ! She explained the testing and gave me her undivided attention with her care. Dr. Prayika Patel was prompt to ask for an additional test after noticing a troubling area in my right eye. She was comforting and clearly showed me what concerned her that day. She was professional but very caring. She discovered that I needed eye surgery and Italia followed up immediately by getting a date set for surgery before I left my appointment. I am so impressed with the level of care I experienced and I appreciate each of those who provided me with sight-saving care ! Thank you, Primary Eye Care !
- Jul. 15, 2021
Dr Patel was awesome. Took a lot of time and explained everything to me. Her assistant, Erica was ... superb. Very friendly and organized business. I highly recommend!
- Jul. 10, 2021
Michelle helped me find the perfect pair of glasses for me. She was kind, patient, professional, and... knowledgeable.
- Jun. 30, 2021
Dr Kittle has been our family eye doctor for years. He is amazing. He is very kind and really cares ... about his patients. He is the most knowledgeable vision Doctor I have ever know. He always makes us feel comfortable during the exams and he has a fun sense of humor. He makes my sons comfortable by talking about Star Wars to help them relax during the exam. He is very patient. My son when younger had a vision condition that is uncommon and really was impacting his life. Other types of doctors were miss diagnosing him with other conditions but but Dr. Kittle found right away that his situation was due to his eyes. All my son needed was vision therapy and his condition he had is completely gone after the therapy. I have a neurological condition and I have had 2 brain surgeries and he understands how my condition effects my eyes. Plus I am very difficult to fit for contacts because of complex condition with my eyes but he had always been able to find contacts that work for me. Just this week I was having an issue with my eyes and he came in a half an hour earlier just to see me because he was double booked with patients that day. After the exam he did find my eyes did need treatment and I really appreciate him coming in to work early just to treat me before his day started. He is truly a great doctor. I highly recommend him. Technicians to do adjustments are awesome. I like them all and they are all very kind and professional. Victor is very kind and always greets me when I come in. I will always recommend anyone to go here. I would not go anywhere else.
- Jun. 30, 2021
Dr Anderson is always very kind, attentive and professional. Very detailed examination. When choosin... g frames/glasses lots of variety with brand name, style and sizes for all. Luke was an excellent optician to assist with selecting and ordering my new frames. He was even able to get my pair from last year that were broken covered under warranty. Great place for excellent care and customer service! Highly recommend!
- Jun. 24, 2021
Had a great visit,. Brie was a joy to work with and Dr Hillman took lots of time to explain everythi... ng.
- Jun. 22, 2021
Had a great experience as a new patient from start to finish. Was seen right at my appointment time,... staff is both friendly and professional. Very much appreciated Michelle’s skill and knowledge and helping me build the perfect pair of glasses!
- Jun. 18, 2021
Dr Kittle and his tech Brie are wonderful to go to! They really take their time to explain everythin... g and also listen! Everyone at Edgebrook Primary Eye have been awesome to work with! Would highly recommend!

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Your Pediatric Eye Care Professional in Rockford

Our optometry practice in Rockford

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife

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Your child deserves to see the world clearly!

Primary EyeCare Centers - Edgebrook pediatric eye doctors can help.

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