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Children's Vision

Children's Vision

What Is Special about Childrens Vision ?

Vision in the broadest sense, is the global ability of the brain to extract, process and act on information presented to the eye. This complex process can be thought of as three major but related areas: visual acuity, which is largely dependent upon refractive status and eye health; visual efficiency skills, representing eye focusing, teaming, and tracking skills; and visual information processing, representing the ability to recognize and discriminate visual stimuli and to interpret them correctly based upon previous experience. Every examination, we provide for children, regardless of the childs age, has these thoughts in mind.

Infants

Our infant vision examinations start in early infancy and continuing through the school years. Although young children may not be able to read an eye chart, specialized procedures have been developed that allow us to measure the clarity of sight of children at almost any age.

“The American Optometric Association guidelines recommend that all children have a complete vision and eye health examination at the age of 6 months, 3 years, upon entering kindergarten, and routine vision care (every 2 years) thereafter throughout their school years.”(http://www.aoa.org)

School Performance

Many vision problems can be corrected more easily with early diagnosis and treatment. Reports have estimated that up to 25% of students in grades K – 6 have vision-related problems, which may contribute to poor school performance. The visual system matures rapidly during the first few years and it is important to identify any problems that may interfere with normal vision development.

Eye Examinations for Infants, Toddlers and School-aged Children

A comprehensive eye examination will assess visual acuity, refractive status, ocular health, eye tracking, eye focusing, and eye teaming. Visual acuity measures how clearly a child sees objects. Refractive status measures for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. The child is evaluated for any eye health problems, including active pathology or congenital anomalies. Eye tracking is the ability of the eyes to fixate, smoothly follow and look between objects or printed words. Eye focusing is the ability to efficiently change and sustain focus while reading. Eye teaming is the ability to coordinate both eyes accurately and without fatigue or excessive effort. Accurate eye teaming is also important for accurate two-eyed depth perception or stereopsis. Early detection and management is recommended to prevent vision loss or eye disease and to provide appropriate vision development. To learn more about how the examination process differs for infant, preschool, and school-agedchildren visit the links.

Hand – Eye Coordination

As part of the visual examination we also assess vision development. Young children use vision to explore the world by identifying and directing movement. If a problem in vision is preventing adequate development of perception and eye-hand coordination skills then early intervention is vital.

Convergence Insufficiency

View a video on Convergence Insufficiency below, as it can be a major source in a lot of children’s learning disabilities.

You can also read the articles below for even more information.


Children's Vision Video

Early professional eye care for children is highly recommended – even before kids start school. Watch this short video to see why.


Vision Therapy for Children

An individualized program of eye exercises and other methods can treat non-refractive vision problems such as eye alignment and lazy eye.


Children's Vision - FAQs

How often should your child's eyes be examined? What's the difference between a school vision screening and a comprehensive eye exam? and more.


Your Infant's Visual Development

Knowing the expected milestones of your baby's vision development during their first year of life can ensure your child is seeing properly and enjoying their world to the fullest.


Are Contact Lenses a Good Choice for Kids?

Contact lenses offer advantages in the areas of sports and self-esteem. But when is your child old enough for contacts?


Learning-Related Vision Problems

The first step is to make sure your child has 20/20 eyesight. But there are other, less obvious learning-related vision issues you should know about as well.


Controlling Nearsightedness in Children

Certain types of contact lenses and eyeglasses may play a role in slowing the progression of myopia, or nearsightedness.

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