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By: Julia C.
Tuskawilla Family Eyecare
WOW. Dr. Hankins really turned a situation around for me. I came in with a serious case of conjunctivitis that effected my vision to the point of I was blind in my left eye. (a different form than pink eye). Now I had already seen many specialist around central Florida who had all said "oh you will get better" . I personally knew this wasn't right so I came to Dr. Hankins for a opinion. First off his staff really cared and made sure to get me in same day. After ALL the specialists and doctors I have seen, he took his time he ran more tests than any doctors. He was so attentive to make sure he got down to what was causing my eye this and after ALL the specialist I have seen he gave me the final answer. After 2 months of having no vision, he really gave me my life back. I would refer his services to anyone he is a truly amazing doctor. Thank you so much to you and your staff!
Tips & Advices
A child should see his or her pediatrician frequently during the first few years. Once the child reaches age 3, parents should schedule a doctor's visit at least once per year. Before that, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests parents arrange visits according to the following schedule:
  • 2 to 5 days old
  • 1 month old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 24 months old (2 years)
  • 30 months old (2.5 years)
No, parents should call 911, an emergency physician, or a pediatric emergency physician if a child suffers an acute illness or injuries. Doctors in these fields are more qualified than pediatricians to handle emergency situations.
A well-visit is a routine visit with a pediatrician to track a child's development, discuss medical or emotional concerns, and receive immunizations and medical advice.
Yes, pediatricians provide immunizations for infants and children up through 21 years.
No, pediatricians do not have to be board certified.They're only required to have a state license. However, certification indicates a dedication to studying pediatrics beyond the requirements.

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