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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 do I know if my child’s amblyopia (lazy eye) is improving?

A: Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is a condition that doesn’t go away on its own. We have electrodiagnostic testing that can determine the efficacy of amblyopia treatment without relying on the child’s response to inform us how well they are seeing.

If a child isn’t old enough to read from an eye chart or is reluctant due to fear about undergoing an eye test, parents are often concerned that the eye exam will not be accurate. This test is non-invasive and quick (30 minutes) and may be performed on patients of all ages, beginning in infancy. We can monitor the therapy’s effectiveness and adjust the visual prognosis over time.

Q: Do I need to see an eye doctor if I can see fine?

A: Regular eye exams are the only method to detect “silent” diseases like diabetes, glaucoma, and other conditions in their early stages, when they’re easier to control and treat. An eye exam can reveal a variety of conditions.

Q: I need reading glasses, can I just go to the store and get any pair?

A: Those who think mass-produced, over-the-counter reading glasses are a good idea are doing themselves financial and medical harm. One-size-fits-all reading glasses aren’t suitable for most people who have a different prescription in each eye, or astigmatism. Patients also miss out on the opportunity to have their eyes examined for the early detection of many treatable diseases and conditions. Headaches and eye fatigue are common complaints from people who insist on wearing glasses that aren’t custom-made for their eyes.

Q: I was told I have 20/20 vision at my last physical, so why do I need to go to my optometrist?

A: At a physical, patients undergo a simple eye test that only assesses whether they can see 20/20. An eye exam by an optometrist assesses all elements of visual function, including vision (or visual acuity), binocular vision, visual pathway integrity, and overall eye health.

The ability to see 20/20 is a crucial aspect of your eyes’ overall function; nevertheless, just because you can see 20/20 doesn’t guarantee that your eyes are healthy. It’s recommended to have a full eye exam every 1-2 years, even if you are in good health and feel like you don’t need glasses.

Q: If my vision seems fine, my eyes are healthy, right?

A: Unfortunately, the answer is no. Many eye diseases don’t display noticeable symptoms in their early stages, when vision loss can still be prevented or minimized. Having your eyes examined is the only way to know if they are truly healthy.

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