Dr. Takeia J. Locke received her Doctorate of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University. While in school, she discovered that she can combine her desire to encourage children to pursue excellence in education with her passion for Optometry by pursuing a specialty in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy. She completed a competitive residency at Nova and decided that her focus would be on treating children, athletes, and special needs patients to ensure their vision does not negatively impact their lifestyle and learning. The fact is as much as 80% of early learning begins with a child’s eyes. Therefore, it is her goal to see that their foundation for learning is not delayed due to undiagnosed vision disorders.
How is pediatric eye care different from
other eye care services?
Pediatric eye care requires special equipment and procedures, and extra training on the part of the doctor. Optometrists that specialize in pediatrics have to stay current and watch for diseases that show up in childhood like Strabismus, Amblyopia, and binocular vision disorders.
What are the most common vision
disorders among children?
Amblyopia and Strabismus are common and often untreated. There are also more subtle disorders like Convergence Insufficiency and Ocular Motor Dysfunction that are difficult to detect. If left untreated, they can have a grave impact on a child’s learning.
What symptoms do children with vision
difficulties typically show?
Some of the common symptoms in children (and adults) with these disorders include: frequently losing place when reading or doing math, falling asleep easily when reading, covering one eye to read, poor attention span, headaches, poor reading comprehension, and double vision. There are many other symptoms that an optometrist will assess. It is important for children to have their eyes tested yearly to ensure healthy, comfortable vision.
What happens when a pair of glasses
doesn’t solve the problem?
Follow up with an optometrist trained to diagnose other underlying disorders. It is very important to determine if a child is not wearing glasses because they don’t like them, they don’t need them, or if there is another problem that has not been addressed.
What should a parent look for in a doctor
who offers pediatric eye care?
The doctor should be aware of the diagnosis and management of common pediatric eye disorders and diseases. He or she should also be very comfortable with children and be able to think outside of the box. Often times subjective testing can be done, but we may have to figure out another way to get an answer. When we cannot rely on a child’s response, it is important to have tools in the office to do objective testing. Most of all, the child should be comfortable with the doctor. Once a doctor earns a child’s trust, the exam is generally quite easy.
Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta
15 Habersham Road, Suite 109
Atlanta, GA 30305
Dr. Takeia J. Locke has published research and articles on autism, glaucoma and dry eye disease. She serves on the board of three non-profit organizations and is a member of AOA, COVD, NSU Alumni Association, and the Buckhead Business Association.