Pediatric Eye Care in Pittsfield

Pediatric Eye Care in Pittsfield

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 Pittsfield pediatric eye doctor at International Eyecare Center - Pittsfield.

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

Your Pediatric Eye Care Professional in Pittsfield

Our optometry practice in Pittsfield

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • VSP
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicaid
  • MetLife
  • Blue Cross

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 International Eyecare Center - Pittsfield 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 International Eyecare Center - Pittsfield 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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- May. 01, 2024
Great people and service here. They really do want to help you.
- Mar. 05, 2024
Dr. Tim is fun
- Feb. 19, 2024
Dr Leahy is knowledgeable and efficient and experienced
- Dec. 26, 2023
Friendly and very fast
- Oct. 31, 2023
They are the best. Both staff and Dr. Leahy!!
- Jul. 19, 2023
Awesome staff and Dr. Leahy is the best!!
- Jul. 03, 2023
The receptionists are very friendly
- Jun. 28, 2023
Everyone was friendly and helpful. Dr. Leahy made me feel at ease and explained everything in an ea... sy to understand way!
- Aug. 23, 2022
I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Leahy and the staff. I would recommend everyone who hasn't see... n an eye doctor see Dr. Leahy.
- May. 07, 2021
I appreciated the sincere interest Dr. Leahy showed in my eye problem.
- Apr. 23, 2021
I’ve seen lots of eye doctors, but Dr. Leahy is the only one who has ever been able to get me seei... ng well. He explains what he is looking for and why certain things work and do not work in terms that a layperson can understand. He takes all the time he needs to get things right. It is really nice that we have someone who really excels at his profession in such a small town. After ten years living out of state with insurance that would not cover IEC, I finally decided it was worth it to pay out of pocket just to see Dr. Leahy—and see again!
- Jan. 20, 2021
Great place, listens to his patients and talks to you and not at you! Concerned about the health of ... your eyes and is very straightforward in determining what the best course of action is.
- Sep. 29, 2019
IEC is a wonderful place to go for an eye exam. From the time you are going through the process of ... preparing for your exam to the actual exam with Dr. Leahy you’re treated with excellent care.
- May. 26, 2019
Best place to go. Staff and doctor are always helpful and detailed. Always have an answer to my ques... tions.
- Apr. 09, 2019
All I can say is there wonderful! Dr. Timothy Leahy and his group are wonderful people! They are ver... y caring and have a lot of compassion for others, this is much more then a job to them it’s helping others get the best care they can offer so you can see your best and enjoy life to the fullest! Sincerely Marta Ashley
- Jan. 23, 2019
The personal at this office are great, but corporate sucks. If you have the wrong insurance you have... to wait a year for an appointment
- Jan. 14, 2019
This was the best service I have had in years.
- Dec. 13, 2018
All very friendly and helpful , in town locally for those who can't drive long distances

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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!

International Eyecare Center - Pittsfield pediatric eye doctors can help.

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