Even though a little fuzzy at first, since birth, you have explored the endless wonders of the world with your eyes. Your ability to see has provided you with information vital for your development that was possible even before you learned to reach and grab with your hands, crawl, and then sit up.
Equal input from both eyes is essential for the healthy development of a child’s visual system. If his or her eyes fail to process clear-cut images to the brain, developmental delays can occur. Sadly, some eye and vision problems can result in a child’s vision becoming limited in ways that could be impossible to correct later in life. But if problems are detected early on, successful treatment is possible.
Eye exams for babies and young children are essential in making sure that their eyes are healthy and functioning well. Here are some of the reasons why pediatric eye exams are crucial:
Eye problems can interfere with school performance. It goes without saying that visual skills are a crucial part of accomplishing many learning tasks. Pediatric eye exams are important because children need various visual skills to perform well in school. These skills include excellent visual acuity at all distances, unerring eye teaming abilities, comfortable eye movement skills, and strong focusing skills. With eye problems, your child may struggle with reading, writing, comprehension, and in completing the assignments. This difficulty can result in frustration and lead to poor academic performance.
Early identification can prevent potentially severe or irreversible eye diseases. There are eye problems, such as lazy eye, that are best treated if detected and corrected early on while the child’s visual system is still developing. These conditions not only leads to vision impairment but can also cause a loss of depth perception. If not treated as soon as possible, the damage can be irreversible. Early detection can also help save a child’s eyesight and protect him or her from serious illnesses, such as cancers of the eye.
Pediatric eye exams can prevent misdiagnosis. There are vision problems that can make it difficult for some children to focus on schoolwork which often leads to children being misdiagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
You should bring your baby for his or her first comprehensive eye exam as early as six months of age. You can then revisit your eye care provider when your child turns three.
Then a few years later, you can schedule another exam just before they enter the first grade. If no vision correction is necessary, your school-age child should get an eye exam at least every couple of years. However, if they need eyeglasses or contact lenses, an annual examination may be necessary. Or as often as required, depending on your eye doctor’s recommendation.
Healthy eyes and excellent vision in babies and young children play a critical role in their physical development. It also helps in their safety, academic success, and well-being. Do not let poor eyesight hold your child back. Visit Northwest Ohio Vision Center in Bryan, Ohio, today. You can also call us at (419) 452-4830 to schedule an eye exam.