Most parents are concerned of coughs, colds, immunizations, lunches and school supplies when school starts. While these are all important, so is your child’s vision. Make it a point to have their annual eye exam each year before school. If you prefer to use a birthday or summertime to mark this annual event, that is fine, as long as children get at least one annual eye exam.
A child’s vision changes and grows as rapidly as they do. Having proper vision is essential for both academic success and physical development. A few things to look out for between appointments are:
˜ constant eye rubbing
˜ blurred vision
˜ wandering eyes
˜ crossed eyes
˜ family history of eye disorders and vision problems
Common vision problems in children include nearsightedness, lazy eye, crossed eyes and color blindness. Myopia, or nearsightedness occurs when the eyeball is too long for focusing which causes distant images to blur. Myopia, as well as farsightedness and astigmatism in children can be corrected with glasses.
Amblyopia, or lazy eye, occurs when one child’s eye has not developed as quickly as the other eye. Patching the stronger eye can help to strengthen the weaker eye. Strabismus, or crossed eyes, typically can be outgrown or corrected with glasses.
Color blindness is a hereditary condition that affects males. Most children may not be aware of their color blindness until later in life. This disorder can be corrected with tinted lenses.