Early detection of pediatric ophthalmic conditions can increase the chances of saving your child's sight.
Children’s eyes are their windows to the world. But eye problems can distort this view. They can make images look blurry and unclear. Left untreated, they may affect a child’s learning ability and confidence.
Most pediatric ophthalmologists advise that children get their eyes checked at the first sign of any problem. Also, children should have eye exams at the following ages:
If your child already has a vision problem, his or her eyes may need more frequent screenings. Talk with your child’s doctor about what schedule is best.
Early detection of eye problems can protect your child’s sight. Regular vision tests can help uncover many eye conditions, but it’s also important to tell your child’s doctor about any signs of trouble.
These signs could include:
If a problem is suspected, your child’s doctor will probably use an eye test to determine the cause. Many times, refractive problems are to blame. These can make a child’s vision blurry. The following are examples of two common refractive problems:
Untreated, refractive problems may lead to a serious eye condition called amblyopia, or lazy eye. Amblyopia can result in blindness.
Many common vision problems can be corrected with prescription glasses or contacts. Contacts require extra care and handling. They may be better suited for older children. Glasses, however, can be worn at any age.
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