Q&A For Children’s Eye Care
Q: We hear a lot about “seeing your eye doctor regularly.” In school aged children, ages 5 through 17, what does regularly mean?
A: Comprehensive assessment is recommended yearly starting at age 1 in order to check the vision, the muscles, external and internal health of the eye.
Q: What about pre-schoolers? Are there signs parents should look for that would indicate a trip the optometrist is necessary?
A: Annual eye exams help to monitor the child for progression or improvement if there is a slight nearseightedness or farseighted prescription. Parents are informed during the eye exam if there is any head tilts, head turn or squinting or difficulty with reading to return sooner for assessment.
Q: Because many children may be too young to read, how is an eye exam conducted if they cannot read a Snelling Chart?
A: Eye exams for younger children up to age 2 is performed using Lea paddles. The child is assessed by looking at gradings as they get finer and condensed and vision is calculated based on their level of performance. After age 2 pictures are used to assess the vision, followed by thumbling E’s and by age 4 or 5 the child is able to read letters on the Snellen chart.
Q: One of the greatest tasks of a school-aged child is learning to read and in older children, the amount of reading required. What should parents be on the lookout for concerning their child’s reading and potential vision problems?
A: If a child is skipping lines, uses his or her finger to help with reading or is constantly mistaking letters, an assessment is recommended.
Q: Today it seems that many children are very quickly diagnosed as learning disabled or dyslexic. How does vision play into the problems and what are the differences?
A: Comprehensive eye exam is recommended for children that are undergoing a dyslexic diagnosis. Vision does contribute to learning disability and it is recommended that lazy eye or need of glasses is ruled out.
Q: We have many choices today to correct our vision. What do you recommend as the earliest age for contact lenses?
A: In our clinic we have fit contacts as early as age 7 for sports. Depending on the parents comfort level and the child contacts are sometimes a great alternative to glasses, especially for high prescriptions and also for patients that are continuously having prescription changes, as the contacts slows down the rate of change in prescription.
Q: Kids can be hard on glasses. Are there effective glasses for children today that last?
A: Frames always come with a 1 year warranty. Lenses are made using plastic or polycarbonate material hence they are shatter free. We do offer a kids package on lenses which offers a second set of lens at No charge with in 18 months of initial order.
Q: Vision Therapy appears to be making a comeback and is being utilized by some students to address their vision problems. Can you talk about vision therapy and when it is right for your child?
A: We are looking into having Vision Therapy in the clinic in the future. For now we are referring patients that are a candidate.
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