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Children’s Vision – FAQ’s

Most parents believe they would know if their child had an eye or vision problem, but that’s not necessarily the reality. To begin with, children cannot always articulate or identify the difficulties they are experiencing, so vision problems may go unaddressed. Undiagnosed vision problems are often misdiagnosed as behavioral problems.

Furthermore, many eye or vision problems may not show symptoms until they have progressed far enough, complicating treatment.

Here are some questions and answers about children’s vision that every parent should know:

Q: How often should I take my child to the eye doctor?

A: When it comes to children’s eye care, seeing an eye doctor once a year is recommended, for a variety of reasons. Children grow at a rapid pace. This means that their vision will change quickly as well. They should have their eyes checked annually to ensure that they can see well and won’t have any vision problems in school or while playing sports.

Q: What does an eye exam entail?

A: An eye doctor will usually ask your child to read letters during their eye test to determine their prescription level. The eye doctor may also ask about day-to-day vision difficulties and school performance. Based on the results of the comprehensive eye exam and self-reported concerns, the eye doctor will determine the next steps.

Q: How do I know if my child needs glasses?

A: The only way to know for sure if your child needs glasses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or any other vision problem is to get a full eye exam performed by an eye doctor.

Vision screenings at school or at the pediatrician’s office are not a substitute for a thorough children’s eye checkup because vision problems are frequently missed during screenings.

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), approximately 25% of all school-aged children suffer vision problems.

Sitting too close to the TV, frequent eye rubbing or squinting, using a finger to follow along while reading and poor academic grades are all signs that your child may need corrective eyewear.

Q: Should my baby wear sunglasses?

A: To protect your baby’s eyes from the sun, you should definitely use sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection.

Cumulative exposure, or the length of time our eyes are exposed to sunlight and other UV radiation sources over the course of our lives causes the majority of UV ray damage to our eyes. For this reason, it’s critical to begin protecting your child’s eyes with UV-protected sunglasses as early as possible.

Q: Are contact lenses safe for children?

A: Contact lenses are completely safe for children, provided they maintain hygienic practices and care for their lenses properly.

In order to determine if contact lenses are right for your child, you must first assess their willingness to wear them properly and take adequate care of them.

Overuse of contact lenses, especially sleeping while wearing contacts intended solely for daytime use, dramatically increases the risk of contact lens-related eye problems.

Your child must also be able to easily insert and remove the lenses, as well as clean and disinfect them after each use with proper contact lens solutions. Daily disposable lenses do not require disinfection.

If a child is motivated to wear contacts, they will often rise to the challenge. However, even if you wear contacts, don’t expect your youngster to do so. Some children are happy to wear glasses and will not consider contacts until they are adults.

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