We strive to keep all our young patients having fun in our child-friendly practice. We check the health and development of your child’s vision system, eye coordination and determine how well they are seeing and reaching their visual milestones. Children should have their first examination by age 6 months and annually thereafter.
One in every four children has a vision problem that can interfere with learning and behavior.Vision Council of America
Did you know that half of children haven’t had a comprehensive eye exam? Your child could need glasses and you don’t even know it.
Uncorrected vision problems can lead to permanently reduced visual development called Amblyopia. Amblyopia will cause the eye to never reach 20/20 ever. The impact on your child’s ability to learn and interact with the world is significantly effected since the majority of their learning comes through their eyes.
Children rarely complain of vision problems to parents or teachers because many vision disorders can exist without symptoms. Early detection of eye problems is vital to maintaining lifelong eye health and clear, comfortable vision.
Everyday signs that your child may have a vision problem:
- Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
- Eye turn in or out “Lazy Eye”
- Frequent headaches
- Tilting the head
- Short attention span
- Poor eye-hand coordination
- Poor reading or avoiding close work
- Covering one eye
Good vision is an important part of learning:
- 80% of learning activities involve vision.
- 1 in 6 children have a vision problem affecting their school work.
- Good vision is vital in learning to read.
Sunglasses For Children
It is important to start protecting children’s eye from UV light when they are very young. Cumulative UV radiation can cause damage to the cornea, lens and retina of the eyes and this can show up as cataracts and macular degeneration later in life. We recommend sunglasses with 100% UVA, UVB protection and polarization for children of all ages.