Pediatric Eye Care in Brentwood

Pediatric Eye Care in Brentwood

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 Brentwood pediatric eye doctor at Primary EyeCare - Brentwood..

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

Your Pediatric Eye Care Professional in Brentwood

Our optometry practice in Brentwood

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Hours
  • Monday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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 - Brentwood. 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 - Brentwood. 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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- Apr. 09, 2024
Dr. Engle and the rest of the staff at Primary EyeCare in Brentwood are amazing. Always helpful, fri... endly and knowledgeable. They are happy to take the time to answer any questions and make sure you are comfortable with the exams and testing.
- Apr. 08, 2024
Highly recommend! I had my appointment with Jessica Ditto and she was amazing!
- Mar. 12, 2024
I'd been going to America's Best for years but in the last year, I was never happy with my vision. I... 'd have to take glasses off to talk to someone, but put them on to see far. It was frustrating. A friend recommended Primary EyeCare and I made an appt online. Dr Martin spent so much time with me, explaining why my vision was getting wonky (I'm getting old) and she gave me a few options. After Lasik worked but my eyes had changed over time, I'd asked for contacts at another doc and they told me contacts would be too uncomfortable. Dr Martin suggested them herself and let me try a sample, also suggesting monovision. The ladies who helped with pretesting and choosing glasses/lenses are also stellar. I also liked their selection of frames and found a few options. I'm really happy with my optometrist change and feel I have more knowledge about my eyes and vision than I had before.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Out of all my experiences with the healthcare industry as a professional and a patient I cannot thin... k of a nicer person than Dr. Engle. Absolute champ and knowledgable. Thank for helping me out.
- Nov. 08, 2019
This is an enjoyable place to visit even if you’re going to the doctor :-). The doctors are quite ... capable and enjoyable people. The people that help you pick out glass frames are good at what they do and the ladies behind the front desk are also top notch!
- Nov. 07, 2019
I have severe case of dry eye and for years I could not wear contacts since I’ve been seeing Dr. p... ace my dry eyes have improved 99% and as of today I’m wearing contacts my eyes feel great. Love this place all of the doctors are great.
- Oct. 29, 2019
This is the best in vision care! I love going here and can rest assured I’m receiving the best car... e available in Nashville!!!
- Oct. 23, 2019
They are always first class. Dr Van Hoven diagnosed my diabetes before my primary doctor did.
- Oct. 22, 2019
I always have a great experience when I come to see Dr. Engel. The staff is very friendly, efficient... , and there are no lengthy wait times. Dr. Engel is interested in making sure I get the best care possible and right solutions for my eyesight and any issues I may have. He doesn’t just push the newest, most-expensive products. I appreciate the consideration!
- Oct. 09, 2019
Very grateful for all the love and care my 4 year old received.
- Oct. 07, 2019
Always friendly and feel taken care of!
- Oct. 07, 2019
Great staff throughout the practice. Great selection of frames.
- Oct. 02, 2019
Love them here! Dr. VanHoven and his staff always make us feel welcomed and cared for. I would ref... er anyone to them!
- Sep. 30, 2019
My experience at Primary Eye Care is always 100 percent rewarding. From the moment I enter all staff... members are professional and welcoming. Dr. Van Hoven is brilliant; the ultimate and best physician ever! He makes me feel right at home!
- Sep. 25, 2019
Another wonderful visit! Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I can't recommend this place enough.
- Sep. 24, 2019
(Translated by Google) Best of the BEST. ! Dr Van Hoven. Ten Stars! (Original) Best of the BEST. !... Dr Van Hoven. Ten Stars !
- Sep. 21, 2019
I appreciate y’all, especially your patience with trying to help me find a contact lens that fits ... my eye well!
- Sep. 19, 2019
Thorough exam and friendly employees. I will recommend this place to friends and family.
- Sep. 16, 2019
I have seen Dr Vanhoven for years. He is an amazing eye doctor and I will never ever see anyone else... . I recently had a eye concern that he referred me to be treated and bc of that the condition has been resolved; however he took the time to explain what it is and has also been excellent with explaining why my vision is changing, I’m 45 almost 46. He reassured me that this normal and is doing everything he can to “kick the can” as far as we can with lenses etc to ease me into the bi-focal world!! I highly recommend him as he is very patient d really takes the time to address any and all eye care concerns:)
- Sep. 13, 2019
I have loved Primary Eyecare Group of Brentwood from my very first visit there. The girls at the fro... nt are always so welcoming and helpful, and the girls in the back are efficient and knowledgeable. I have seen Dr. Van Hoven a couple of times and love his personality/bedside manner. I always enjoy seeing him for my annual eye exams. Recently, I was having some issues with my contacts and was quickly seen by Dr. Pace; she did an excellent job. She listened to me, was very thorough and we resolved the problem. My only problem now is...how can I choose between the two!? Regardless of who you see, you can not go wrong with this place, I recommend it to everyone!

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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!

Primary EyeCare - Brentwood. pediatric eye doctors can help.

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