Did you know that only 14% of children have their eyes examined before starting school but 1/6 children have some type of vision problem?
Are you aware that most conditions that affect children will go undetected by the child? Most children are born far-sighted, and as they grow, they become less far-sighted. The visual system requires near-normal vision to develop properly.
High levels of prescription in one eye or both will impede development of the connections from the eyes to the brain. This can cause permanent visual loss if not detected early.
Here are some conditions that we commonly see in children:
- Amblyopia: More commonly known as a lazy eye. In this condition, the connections to the brain do not develop as they should due to a turned eye or high prescription. Since it can often affect only one eye, a child may be completely unaware of the problem unless they are assessed by a doctor of optometry. The good news is that amblyopia can be reversed if caught early.
- Strabismus: More commonly known as a turned eye. In this condition one or both eyes can turn inwards (towards the nose) or outwards (towards the ears). It may not lead to any symptoms and can be very subtle. If caught early, strabismus can be treated with surgery or training.
- Eye Teaming Problems: Our eyes need to work together as a team. If they are unable to do so, your child can exhibit problems with reading, writing, school work and even playing sports. Some conditions can be trained, and the success of the training can increase if caught early.
- Depth Perception Problems: Depth perception is our ability to see 3D. If you’ve never had the ability to see 3D then you would not know that you are unable to do so. If one eye is not functioning properly, we will have trouble with depth perception, which has an effect on school work and sports.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends your child’s first eye exam to be at 6 months of age and we recommend yearly eye exams afterwards.
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