Children’s vision care should begin at birth and continue throughout childhood and adolescence. Untreated vision discrepancies can lead to academic, athletic and social handicaps that hold kids back from their ultimate potential. Several children’s vision issues, if caught early, can be corrected and treated to minimize the impact it has on their longterm visual potential. Our doctors will screen your child for amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (eye turn) and make sure that your child’s eyes are teaming together properly.
Did you know…
that an estimated one in every four children is suffering from some kind of vision problem? Often these problems go undetected throughout childhood and even into the teenage years. In fact, as many as 11 percent of U.S. teens have vision problems that have not been professionally diagnosed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I have my child’s eyes examined?
Yes. A pediatric eye health screening should occur during the first year of life and then again around 2-3 years old. Even if your child performs well on vision tests, contact us if you notice that your child is rubbing his or her eyes, squinting or demonstrating behaviors that seem to compensate for poor vision, such as sitting too close to the television.
What should I expect during my child’s eye examination?
The extent of your child’s eye examinations will depend on his or her age. For most kids, exams will include checks for distance vision, near vision, peripheral field awareness, eye movement and tracking, focusing capabilities, and eye-hand coordination. The health of the eye will be examined as well.
What should I be doing between examinations to protect my child’s eyes?
Encourage him or her to wear UV-protective sunglasses and feed your child a nutritious diet high in antioxidants like beta carotene and lutein, as well as omega-3 fats. Make sure that your child is taking breaks from extensive near work. It has been shown that children who spend a lot of time outdoors have a decreased risk of becoming nearsighted.