We asked Dr. Lewis some Pediatric Eye Care questions. This is part 1 of he answers.
Why is it important for children to have their eyes examined?
According to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, his or her learning can be affected.
When should a child have his or her first eye doctor’s appointment?
The American Optometric Association (AOA) children should have their eyes examined by an eye doctor at 6 months, 3 years, at the start of school, and then at least every 2 years following. If there are any signs that there may be a vision problem or if the child has certain risk factors (such as developmental delays, premature birth, crossed or lazy eyes, family history or previous injuries) more frequent exams are recommended.
How often do you recommend children come in for a routine eye exam?
Children without symptoms should generally be seen at least every two years. But children with vision symptoms or that have been prescribed glasses should be seen annually.
Are there any signs that a child should have his or her eyes checked?
Symptoms such as headaches, frequent blinking, avoidance of reading, double vision, poor comprehension would all be reasons to get an eye exam.
Describe something – technique or technology – that makes a pediatric eye exam or pediatric eye care different from adult eye care.
While the exams between adults and children are similar, there are certain aspects of a children’s vision system that deserve extra attention. Specifically, we want to make sure that children show good binocular vision (eyes well aligned and similar in acuity). We also want to pay careful attention to the child’s nearpoint focusing ability and tracking.