At 20/20 Vision Care we stress the importance of early vision care to support your child’s highest potential. Your child’s vision, well-being, and happiness are very important to us. At 20/20 Vision Care, we enjoy working with children and are passionate about providing children with the primary or emergency eye care that they deserve. We believe there should not be “one size fits all vision care” and we work hard to accommodate the needs of each child.
Your first step toward healthy vision for your child is a comprehensive vision exam. The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive a comprehensive vision exam by an eye doctor:
- at the age of six months (InfantSEE program)
- at three years of age
- at five years of age
- the summer prior to entry into Kindergarten
- yearly during grades K-12
- A child who is found to be at risk for visual problems may need to be examined more frequently as recommended by the child’s eye doctor.
An evaluation with our Pittsburgh optometrist or an optometrist who is a developmental/behavioral vision care specialist is a must for any child who is currently experiencing or has had a history of the following:
- Learning or reading problems, ADD/ADHD, or dyslexia
- Developmental delays, autism, or cerebral palsy
- Computer eyestrain
- Head trauma or stroke
- Inconsistent or poor sports performance
- Strabismus (eye turn) and/or amblyopia (lazy eye)
Many parents are surprised to learn that vision screenings provided at school or by the pediatrician are not comprehensive vision examinations. These vision screenings typically only detect nearsightedness, in other words, is your child able to see the chalkboard? To be successful in school, near vision, depth perception, eye tracking, and binocular vision are important. These conditions and most eye health problems will go undetected at a vision screening. A comprehensive eye exam with our Pittsburgh optometrist is the only way to detect many of these disorders, which interfere with your child’s learning; some are sight-threatening.
Some common problems that cannot be detected by the eye chart screening include:
- Convergence insufficiency
- Accommodative spasm
- Convergence excess
- Decreased depth perception
- Decreased visual perception and visual processing
- Eye-hand coordination deficiencies
Some less common but serious conditions that are not detected by an eye chart screening include:
- Retinal detachment
Healthy eyes play a critical role in the growth and development of a child, and it is important to understand that good vision is much more than 20/20 sight. Children with undiagnosed eye disorders are more likely to experience frustration in school, have behavioral problems, be diagnosed with ADD, and perform below their intellectual abilities. The earlier these vision problems are detected, the more responsive the visual system will be to treatment, and you will be ensuring your child the best possible vision skills to learn. Schedule an appointment today to make certain that your child is learning to his or her full capacity.
American Optometric Association. 2015. Web. <AOA.org>.