With My Little Eye: What to Know About Eye Care for Young Children
A large percentage of adults have glasses for reading, seeing far away, or both. As we age, our eye health tends to decrease quite a bit. In our senior years, there are a number of eye conditions that we have to be concerned with. While children don’t typically develop things like glaucoma or cataracts, eye health is still something very important that you should think about if you are a parent. In this article, we’re going to talk about what you should know about eye care for young children.
When to See the Eye Doctor
All children should have their eyes examined around 6 months old, at age 3, and again at the start of school. These are considered “wellness visits.” If you notice your child is having issues with one or both eyes, you should make an appointment before then. You want to watch out for your child squinting, turning their head to one side in order to see better, not being able to interpret what they are looking at across the yard or across the room, etc. Your pediatrician can point you in the direction of an eye doctor in your area that is good with children.
Amblyopia is also known as lazy eye. This is when one eye does not point straight ahead as it should. As an adult, it can be difficult to treat. Luckily, children can often be successfully treated for amblyopia. Strabismus occurs when the eyes are not aligned properly. This can cause issues with being able to focus or see clearly. Your child may also have problems reading a book that is close up to them (farsightedness) or trouble seeing far away (nearsightedness).
Managing Vision Problems
When you first notice that your child is experiencing vision issues, you’ll want to speak to a pediatrician. Your pediatrician can get you a referral to the appropriate doctor in your area. There are a few different specialists you can use, depending on the problem that you’re dealing with. Your child can be seen by an ophthalmologist or an optometrist. Just be sure to follow their advice and make regular appointments to follow up.
You don’t want to put off having your child seen for any eye issues that they are having. They could experience irreversible damage that will affect them for the rest of their life. It’s important to get them the help that they need now.
Make sure you stay up to date when it comes to your child’s health. Here are our tips for choosing a good pediatrician.