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CHILDREN'S EYE EXAMS

Long before babies learn to reach and grab objects with their hands, they learn to recognize what they can see around them. A newborn’s vision is not quite as sharp as an adult’s, but with proper care and attention a child’s eyes will develop properly. Poor vision can play a detrimental role in the way a child learns and grows, taking special care to ensure the health of your child’s eyes will shape their future as adults.

Dr. Sanwari’s office is home to specialized pediatric eyecare services for your children, offering Comprehensive Vision Exams and prescription lenses.

Make an Appointment with our convenient Online Scheduling for your child to get their Eye Exam in August before school starts

WHY EYE EXAMS ARE SO IMPORTANT

You can maintain great vision throughout your life with annual eye exams.
Eye change and grow throughout childhood and continue to change as you age. There are medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes that can affect eye health, regardless of age.
The best way to catch the early signs of disease and implement quick treatment come through comprehensive eye exams – and committing to having them throughout your life could help save your vision! Most insurance companies and plans include coverage for eye exams, and affordable options are available for those without vision coverage.

REGULAR EYE EXAMS

A child’s first eye exam should be scheduled at around 6 months of age. A child’s vision should be checked for normal development around their third birthday and before they begin any preschool or kindergarten activities. This is because you want to ensure your kid’s eye health is what it needs to be in order to learn new skills like drawing, reading and writing.

If you believe your child is struggling with their vision, schedule an appointment to have their vision evaluated by an optometrist or ophthalmologist right away, regardless of age. Children frequently don’t understand the strain that their eyes are under, so it falls to parents to have their child’s eyes examined for problems routinely, well into their teens, so they can go into the world ready to succeed.

There are some things to look for as a parent that could indicate vision problems or potential eye diseases. Most kid’s eyes grow normally, but anomalies do exist.

  • An eye turning in or out occasionally is common in babies two months and under. Constant eye turn beyond this age could be a sign of poor muscle control.
  • Excessive tearing could mean the ducts in your infant’s eyes are blocked and not allowing proper flow.
  • Red eyes with or without lid crusting could indicate an eye infection.
  • Complains of headaches could indicate focusing issues.
  • Excessive blinking or eye blinking could indicate poor vision or allergies.

Serious conditions like problems in muscle control or eye diseases and cancers rely on early diagnosis for treatment. Commit to setting an eye exam schedule to maintain the health of your child’s eyes. Please feel free to give us a call if you are concerned about any signs of vision problems in your children.

HOW EYES DEVELOP THROUGHOUT CHILDHOOD

The First Year: The eyes begin to develop quickly from the moment they open the first time. High contrast images like black and white picture books will not only entertain a newborn but help build the muscles in their eyes. Hand eye coordination will improve as eye muscles improve. By three months, most children can follow objects with their eyes and will reach for items nearby. Around five to eight months children will begin to crawl, with strengthened eye muscles and nerves there to guide them to the next goal. When a child reaches their first birthday, they have the eye coordination to judge distances, throw objects and pull themselves to a standing position.
Between one to two years of age, the development of the eyes is almost finished. A child should have good depth perception and hand-eye coordination by their second birthday. At two, vision is so developed that your child should be highly interested in their environment, from coloring, exploring outside or reading books with you.
These are extremely vital times in your child’s eye care. An eye exam to ensure their vision is developing properly is highly recommended. Every child is unique and will develop in their own way. It’s best to get your child’s vision tested with a comprehensive evaluation.

HELPING WITH DEVELOPMENT

You can help your child’s eyes grow stronger by participating in age appropriate activities that will feed their minds and bring you closer. Talk to your babies and make eye contact with them when you do. Incorporate high contrast toys or books into your conversations with newborns to help stimulate their vision. As hand-eye coordination sharpens, more stimulating toys and activities are recommended. Reading to your child and with your child will strengthen their eye muscles and nourish their brain.

PARENTING GUIDE: SIGNS OF VISION PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN

Once school begins, a child’s eyes are subjected to a multitude of stimulants and stressors. Things like reading the boards, working on computers, taking notes and reading course books all take their toll on developing vision. When vision problems go untreated, students grades typically drop as a direct result. The eyes, like any other organ in the body, can develop improperly, contract diseases or develop lifelong conditions.
Vision problems are not uncommon in school-age kids. Approximately one in four children have vision problems that can affect their ability to learn in school. Your child needs the visual acuity to see the board and the eye focus to accurately distinguish people and objects from a range. Without these skills, your child’s learning will not only suffer but they could endanger themselves if they cannot see properly.
Other side effects of untreated vision problems include problems with hand-eye coordination, reading and writing. Kids are very susceptible to refractive errors, a direct cause of blurry and distorted vision. Children often must rely on parents or teachers to identify the symptoms of refractive errors:
  • Squinting or tilting to see better
  • Frequently rubbing eyes
  • Sitting too close to the TV in order to see
  • Holding reading material too close to the face
  • Light sensitivity
  • Excessive tearing
  • Avoiding activities that require clear vision such as reading, homework or recreational activities and sports that rely on accurate depth perception
  • Complaints of headaches or tired eyes
  • Avoiding computer screens or phone screens
If your child or student exhibits any of these symptoms, it’s time for them to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist. A visit to the doctor can accurately determine the cause of a child’s symptoms. A child may have myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism. These common vision errors are easily corrected with prescribed glasses or contact lenses.

CHILDREN'S EYE HEALTH AND SAFETY

August was declared Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month by Prevent Blindness Texas in 2014. This sight-saving program uses a network of offices and volunteers to promote vision care and share information on eye health and safety in an effort to eliminate preventable blindness throughout Texas. For more information or to make a contribution to their cause, visit their Official Website or call 1-888-98-SIGHT.

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