Infant Vision Care Los Angeles - Hollywood Vision Center

Infant Vision Care Los Angeles

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We provide comprehensive infant and toddler exams, and treatments for a wide range of developmental conditions.

Children are not born with the ability to see. They learn to move their eyes, judge the world in 3D, and direct their hand and body movements with their eyes. Children cannot tell if they are not seeing clearly, or if they are using their eyes correctly. By the same token, parents cannot judge if their children are seeing properly. A child may point out airplanes in the air, or small details, but they may only be seeing out of one eye.

How Important is Good Vision for My Child?

It is crucial that vision is developed correctly for a child to learn to read, write, and play sports. The American Optometric Association recommends a child’s first vision exam is at 6 months to make sure their child’s vision, eye health and fine motor visual skills are developing at an age appropriate level.

This is how your children see during their first 6 months:

How Does Childrens’ Vision Develop?

Infants are not born with good eyesight or good visual skills. Both develop over time as the nervous system matures. The ability to see clearly is dependent upon the optical components of the eyes, as well as the functioning of the retina (back of the eye) and the brain.

Newborn Eye Development

Color vision and depth perception take a few months to develop. A newborn’s eyes do not coordinate well for the first few months. They may appear to drift in or out. If they do not look straight by 6 months old, consult a Developmental Optometrist for an evaluation.

If the eyes do not work well together because one eye is misaligned (strabismus), or one eye has a significantly different power than the other eye, the brain may ignore or “shut off” the weaker eye. This suppression occurs to avoid double vision and/or to avoid seeing one clear and one blurry image simultaneously which causes visual confusion. The resulting condition is called amblyopia. If the underlying problem is not treated early, it can lead to a permanent loss of vision in the weaker eye which impairs depth perception, eye hand coordination, and contrast. Premature babies born before 35 weeks, have a 30 percent higher chance of developing strabismus and amblyopia.

If your infant or toddler has any of the following symptoms, please make an appointment to see us as soon as possible:

  • Eye turn or drift
  • One eye squinting
  • Poor eye hand coordination: inaccurate reaching for objects
  • Runs into things more than normal for their age
  • Frequent rubbing eyes when not tired
  • Frequent eye discharge or crusting
  • One pupil different color than the other
  • Eyes that do not stay still and dart back and forth
  • Premature birth
  • Family history of eye problems

Dr. Brisco did a Post doctorate Fellowship in Developmental and Children’s vision. She is also a certified Clinical Homeopath trained both in traditional optometry using Western medicine, as well as holistic treatments such as Vision Therapy for strabismus and amblyopia, and homeopathic medicine.

Our staff is trained and loves taking care of infants and toddlers. We are set up for developmental eye exams, and welcome your child and family to our practice.

Our services are intended to identify problems with an infant’s vision and provide proper care to ensure healthy development. This article is intended to teach parents about common and unique conditions that can occur in infants and young children as well as symptoms of harmful developmental conditions. As an expert in the field of optometry, Dr. Brisco is ready to diagnosis, treat, and provide specialized therapy for her patients.

When Should My Baby Have Their First Eye Exam?

Your baby should have their first eye exam at 6 months old.

Infant Eye Exam

Our developmental infant eye exam includes an evaluation for:

  • high, or unequal amounts of refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
  • serious infantile eye diseases such as retinoblastoma, and congenital glaucoma
    strabismus or amblyopia
  • age appropriate development of eye teaming, tracking, visual acuity, and depth perception

We can determine how your child is seeing without them reading an eye chart. We do an objective measurement of the power of your baby’s eyes which lets us know how well your child is seeing without having to ask them any questions.

Early infant vision exams can detect vision problems before they interfere with development. The American Optometric Association recommends all children have their first comprehensive eye exam by the time they are 6 months old. Do not wait until an undetected vision problem interferes with your child’s development or learning.

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Very pleased with the service

I get my glasses at Hollywood Vision Center Optometry, and I am very pleased with the service. They have an excellent selection of frames, and the staff are very pleasant and professional.”

C. Hudley

Professionalism and Personal Care

15 years with HVCO, and always with the same superlative service, analysis and treatment. Dr. Brisco is a great combination of professionalism and personal care. I never feel rushed and everything is explained. Plus, an attentive, knowledgeable, supportive staff.

B. Rayman

Amazing Experience

I had an amazing experience with Dr.Brisco, she is not only a great doctor but also a wonderful human being. She is incredibly experienced and intelligent but also very empatheric and full of humanity. I had tried contacts before but couldn’t tolerate them. She not only found a design that worked for me but answered my questions and concerns in a way that other optometrists hadn’t been able to. I am so glad that I found her, it really changes your experience of the world and of life in general to be able to see clearly on a daily basis.

Karla O.

Great Place to Visit

As always, the office is a great place to visit. The staff is friendly and you can tell they’ve been working smoothly together for a long time.. I loved seeing Dr. Brisco’s delightful son, who is adorable. The doctor herself is, as always, gracious, professional and warm. While you know she’s moving things along I never feel rushed and it’s always nice to see what she’s wearing, as she’s got a great sense of style. My new glasses work very well, and that’s always a plus!

Marie L.

Excellent service!

Excellent service! This was my first visit to Dr. Brisco’s office and my first eye exam ever! I was well informed of every test performed and was highly involved in the overall process. I will definitely be keeping Dr. Brisco as my optometrist and also referring her to my friends and family. With the help of her staff I left with 2 stylish pair of frames and smile on my face. They are great! No complaints over here.

Seinya M., Los Angeles

Excellent service, excellent attention.

Excellent service, excellent attention.

V. Ravine

Thank you Dr. Brisco.

Thank you Dr. Brisco. I’ve always been scared to get my eyes checked but you made me feel very comfortable and made me understand how important it is to get my eyes checked yearly. I would also like to say that I felt glad you checked my sons eyes, I know he is only 10 months old but for my son I want the best and I’m very aware that part of learning for kids comes very much from vision. Thank you for making my first eye exam experience the best.

Cynthia L., Los Angeles

Would recommend to anyone

Our entire family has been coming to see Dr. Brisco for years and we have been thrilled with her services. Would recommend to anyone!!!

yelp-square-social JL S.

Dr. Brisco and her team took great care

As always, Dr. Brisco and her team took great care in meeting all of my vision needs. Dr. Brisco is caring, thorough and genuine. Her knowledge and understanding of her craft is unparalleled. My eyes are my livelihood and with Dr. Brisco gives me the best care possible.

Salvatore C., Encino

They are the best

They are the best. Dr. Brisco is an expert in vision therapy. I have been getting vision therapy this year and is helping alot.  Cee Cee has been providing the vision therapy and she has been amazing. As an attorney I need to be able to read accurately and so glad they are here to help.

  Janeen S. - Honolulu, HI yelp-square-social

Very friendly and an excellent listener

I saw Dr. Brisco for my post-lasik checkups and found her very friendly and an excellent listener. I had a minor hemorrhage (the laser tagged a small blood vessel during surgery) post surgery and Dr. Brisco answered all of my questions and concerns.

yelp-square-social Marion L.

Thanks Hollywood Vision Center

Things are getting better since my last experience. Over the course of a year, Hollywood vision center got their customer service act together.

I have had a pleasant experience directly with the Dr and Julie. They made sure my questions were answered and took the time to make sure that all is well even after my move to Sacramento.

Thanks Hollywood Vision Center

  Eli M. - Sacramento, CA yelp-square-social

Very friendly and an excellent listener

Best eye exam. My son is 14 months old and Dr. Brisco was pretty thorough on why it was important for him to get his eyes checked, thank goodness to her expertise my son came out clean he does not have any vision problems which was my concern because I am near sighted with astigmatism. My wife also had her first eye exam ever and she was extremely happy. Once again thank you Dr. Brisco and staff.

yelp-square-social Marion L.

Very Friendly Staff and The Doctor

Very friendly staff and the doctor she's very insightful. .will recommend this place to anyone also great selection in glasses !!!

  Jenny O. - Chatsworth, CAyelp-square-social

Wow! Was I surprised to find an Integrative optometrist

Wow! Was I surprised to find an Integrative optometrist! I’m all about cutting edge medicine and this is one more addition to my group of caregivers. I’d been hearing about Dr. Brisco from a few people, so I made an appointment. The office is lovely, the staff is amazing, kind, helpful, and they explain everything before they do it.

yelp-square-social Wendy K.

Dr, BRISCO, is one of the best optometrists

Dr, BRISCO, is one of the best optometrists that i have ever been to. The staff there is so pleasant they all make sure you understand everything
I went to Dr. Brisco 16 years ago and thought I lost her when I found her I was so happy because before that I had gone to Len Crafter who I feel ruined my eyes the exam was so quick. Dr Brisco is one of the best in explaining what is going on I would advise anyone that needs an eye dr to visit them.

  Mary G. - Los Angeles, CAyelp-square-social

A special “thank you” to Dr. Brisco

A special “thank you” to Dr. Brisco and the staff who helped me in transitioning through a medical challenge. Knowing you are there for me gave me extra strength to continue my fight. God bless!

Patricia A.


The absolute BEST EXPERIENCE I've ever had! Dr. Brisco is not only tops in her filed, her attention to detail and your piece of mind ensured that we had a great experience with new eyes. Whether you want to get your eyes checked or have the latest procedures, Dr. Brisco and her team rock the socks off LA!

  Fireball Tim L. - Malibu, CAyelp-square-social

Dr. Brisco is the best

Dr. Brisco is the best. She has been my optometrist since I moved to LA in ’98.

Bryan G.

Extremely Knowledgeable

Dr Brisco gave my daughter and I the best and most thorough eye exam we have ever had. She is extremely knowledgeable and works very hard with you to get the best vision possible. I would recommend her to everyone and especially to anyone who has problem eyes – either from age, allergies, just plain bad vision – whatever. She will get you to the best you can be.

M. Hyatt

Thank you, Elise Brisco

It is wonderful to see a Dr who really cares, is thorough, smart, solves problems and is so conscientious about looking over how my vision has changed over the years so that it can be understood. She has really made it possible for me to continue to function in a visual word–both professionally and personally. Thank you, Elise Brisco.

yelp-square-social Amanda P.

Very friendly staff and personable patient care

I experienced very friendly staff and personable patient care. I felt there was genuine concern for my visual health.

Aaron M.

Best eye doctor in Los Angeles

Dr. Elise Brisco is by far the best eye doctor in Los Angeles. She is extremely knowledgable in her area of expertise and I am confident in her abilities. In addition, she is one of the rare doctors who actually knows you by name. If you are looking for the best, a visit to Hollywood Vision is highly recommended!

Jenine M.

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