Pediatric Eye Care
Why thorough vision examinations for your children is important
Don’t assume your child has good vision because he or she passed a school vision screening. A 20/20 score means only that your child can see at 20 feet what he or she should be able to see at that distance. It does not measure any of the other vision skills needed for learning.
Vision screenings are important but they should not be substituted for a thorough vision examination.
Things you can do
There are things you can do to help ensure that your child’s vision is ready for school each year and to relieve the visual stress of schoolwork.
Be alert for symptoms that may indicate your child has a vision problem. Note if your child frequently:
- Loses his or her place while reading.
- Avoids close work.
- Holds reading material closer than normal.
- Tends to rub his or her eyes.
- Has headaches.
- Turns or tilts their head to use one eye only.
- Makes reversals when reading or writing.
- Uses a finger to maintain their place while reading.
- Omits or confuses small words when reading.
- Performs below potential.
- Closes one eye while reading.
- Make sure your child’s homework area is evenly lighted and free from glare. Furniture should be the right size for proper posture. During periods of close concentration, have your child take periodic breaks. Rest breaks are also recommended when your child is using a computer or playing video games.
If your child’s eyes need help
After assessing your child’s test results, glasses, contact lenses or vision therapy may be prescribed. The doctor may also recommend preventative measures, such as mild prescription lenses that are to be worn only when doing schoolwork or near activities. These may help relieve stress on your child’s eyes.
Vision Therapy is prescribed for conditions that cannot adequately be treated with glasses or contact lenses alone. By reinforcing and/or re-teaching vision skills, conditions such as lazy eye, poor eye coordination and perceptual problems can be improved.
Your care and concern for your child’s vision can enrich his or her future while helping develop eye care habits for a lifetime of good vision.