What You Should Know About Your Child’s Vision

Mid-August may not be the time you want to be thinking about kids going back-to-school, but unfortunately, September is right around the corner, and your kids need to be ready. Along with those school supplies, have you made sure that their eyes are ready for another school year? After all, the best high-tech equipment in the world won’t do any good if your child can’t see it properly. When was the last time your child saw an optometrist?

How Often Does my Child Need to Have His/Her Eyes Tested?

Making Your Child’s Vision a Priority

The Canadian Association of Optometrists has declared October Children’s Vision Month. In their words, “Regardless of your age or physical health, an annual comprehensive eye exam helps detect vision issues at an early stage, improving treatment options.” That is why they recommend that a child’s first visit to the optometrist should be between six and nine months of age, the second visit at age three, the third just before he/she begins school, then annually thereafter until age 18.

Why Should my Baby Visit the Optometrist?

What You Should Know About Pink Eye

You have probably heard of Pink Eye before. Very likely, when you were in school, someone you knew had to take some time off because of pink eye. You may have even contacted it yourself. But what do you know about it, other than it makes your eye red, it hurts, and it is contagious?

What is Pink Eye?

Is Your Child having Trouble with School Work? It Could be their Eyes

If a child is having trouble in school, isn’t completing their assignments, isn’t paying attention, or has trouble focusing, it is often common practice to consider the cause to be a learning disability. That may indeed be the case, but not always. You should also consider the possibility that the problem could be eye related. On average, one in four children will develop a vision problem that can effect both their ability to learn and their behavior.

Symptoms of Eye Problems to Watch For

The importance of children’s annual eye exam

As children begin to head back to school it is important to remember that approximately 80% of all learning is visual and children need healthy eye’s in order to properly function and to be successful at school.

It is recommended that children should receive their first comprehensive eye exam between 6-9 months old and again between the ages of 2-5 years old, or sometime before they start kindergarten. After 5 years old it should become an annual routine to schedule an eye exam to ensure optimal development and health.

Children, oh how quickly they grow!

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A child’s vision changes and grows as rapidly as they do and having proper vision is essential for both academic success and physical development.  A comprehensive eye exam at an early age may help children avoid any eye complications and visual problems from developing into their adulthood.

It’s as easy as ABC!

When we become parents, we take on a great responsible for the health and well being of our children. Their bodies are complex machines, requiring considerable preventive maintenance for optimum performance. Until they’re old enough to take care of themselves, we are responsible for them.

It can be a very daunting task. In the first couple of years, our kids visit a wide variety of health care professionals, poking and prodding at them to ensure that they’re forming correctly. Immunizations, check-ups, weigh-ins and office visits can overwhelm new parents.

Children and their Vision Problems

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:
˜ squinting
˜ 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.