Comprehensive Eye Exams for Children
Vision problems can interfere with your child’s overall development and academic performance. The sooner vision problems are identified and treated the better. There is no substitute for a comprehensive eye examination.
Does Your Child Have Signs of a Vision Problem?
It is important to mention that children don’t know how they are supposed to see, and usually assume everyone sees the same way they do. The way they show us they have a vision problems is with their behavior. Therefore it is vital that parents know the signs of vision problems.
Most parents know the obvious signs – squinting, sitting too close to the TV, or trouble reading the text in a book, but there are many other signs to watch for.
Signs of a Vision Problem
If your child complains of any of the following, he or she may have a vision problem.
- intermittent blurry vision
- double vision
- motion sickness
- loss of concentration while reading,
- avoids reading altogether,
Vision Screenings vs. Comprehensive Eye Exams
Vision screenings, like those done at regular medical checkups, are just that, screenings. Typically vision screenings only identify about 5% of actual vision problems. Vision Screenings test how well your child can see the letters on the eye chart from a distance of 20 feet. Activities such as reading, writing and working on the computer all take place within about 18 inches of your child’s eyes. Our eyes are designed to work together in unison, when they don’t it can create difficulty with reading, comprehension, learning and overall development.
Only a comprehensive pediatric eye examination will provide you with a full evaluation of the health of your child’s eyes and vision. In addition, our doctors evaluate how your child’s eyes function in real life – for example: looking in the distance, up close, shifting back and forth, reading, writing, riding a bike, etc.
As Developmental Optometrists, if any problems are found our doctors can provide a variety of treatment options. For example: non-surgical treatment for eye turns, alternatives to patching for lazy eye, nearsightedness (myopia) control, as well as traditional glasses and contact lenses.