Detecting vision problems in children is crucial to their safety and performance in school. Research indicates that 1 in 4 kids have an undetected vision problem. The best way to prevent potential worsening vision is by scheduling an appointment with your local optometrist. It is recommended that you substitute for a pediatrician or family doctor because they will not be able to detect the same conditions an eye specialist will.
Signs your child needs an exam
Parents might not realize that a child’s school performance goes hand in hand with their ability to learn and see clearly. Reading and learning are intimately related, kids who aren’t doing well in school may actually suffer from one or more learning-related vision problems. Common complaints that parents should look out for are: itchy, burning, or watery eyes. If you notice your child is tired after homework, is holding reading objects too close or far, comments of blurriness, or rubs their eyes after the use of digital devices, they might be suffering from lack of visual focus.
Risk of Amblyopia (Lazy eye)
Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is any condition that prevents your child’s eyes from forming a clear, focused image or that prevents the normal use of one or both eyes. More than 1 in 5 children are at risk of Amblyopia. Indications that your child is at risk is when the eyes do not focus on the same objects or one eye is much more near or farsighted than the other. This condition is treatable as long as it is corrected by the age of 6. It is the single most preventable disabling condition among children.
How early should eye exams start?
Normally, parents should begin having eye exams for their child by the age of 3, ideally before the child starts first grade. However, you can start annual eye exams as early as 6 months old. By the time kids reach age 4 or 5, they can begin to tell whether they have issues focusing on their vision, making it easier to detect any prominent issues.
What should I expect for a children’s eye exam?
How the eye exam goes depends on the child’s age and their medical vision history. Be ready to answer questions about the child’s birth history as well as it will provide the doctor with a better idea of the overall health of the child. With our friendly staff, your child might even consider it fun to get their eyes checked out.
A healthy vision equals fewer headaches, lowered frustration, and better school days. As the progressive lens experts, Eyes Now offers a wide range of treatments like Amblyopia and Myopia control for children. As well as free eye exams for children aged 8 and 9. Our offices are equipped with high-end technology that is less invasive and safer for kids. We are open late and work with busy parent schedules to ensure your child is a priority.