Dr. Meghan Hildebrand explains why children’s eye health has always been a priority at Victoria Vision Eye Care:
Starting regular eye exams at an early age is essential to maintaining a lifetime of clear vision and healthy eyes. Eye exams are important because a child may not know what clear vision should look like. Parents may not consider an eye exam because a child doesn`t complain or because they think that vision impairment cannot be diagnosed until a child can communicate verbally.
Optometrists have a variety of objective techniques to assess a child’s visual development, function and eye health.
Recommended eye exams:
- first eye exam around 6 months-old
- a second one around 3 years-old
- an exam every year they are in school
This vivacious 4 year-old had no symptoms of visual problems other than a lack of interest in reading. At her first eye exam, her optometrist found that she had a condition called amblyopia, or “lazy eye”. One of her eyes did not pass a clear image to the retina, so communication between that eye and the brain was not developing properly. Her optometrist prescribed corrective glasses and now both of her eyes are being used and her vision is developing properly. Amblyopia can be treated when diagnosed in early childhood; however, once visual development is complete it is much more difficult to correct.
Early diagnosis of conditions such as amblyopia, near or far sightedness and strabismus (a turned eye) can ensure that poor vision will not hamper a child’s athletic, academic or personal achievements.