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Eye Testing and its Importance for Children

Good vision is the key to a child’s overall development. Problems concerning a child’s vision can be corrected if detected at an early stage rather than later on in life. For the brain’s vision center to develop properly, equal input from both the eyes is important. Not equal input means that clear images aren’t sent to the brain, which could lead to the limitation of vision causing damage beyond repair in the later years of life. The efficiency of eye treatments reduce as the age increases.

Problems in vision could have serious consequences for the child concerning safety, academics and overall development.

The correct frame of getting your child’s eyes checked

The first eye checkup for a child should be at the age of 6 months and next one at the age of 3 is recommended. Following that, every two years if there’s no correction needed and annually if there is.

For children, doctors may look out for a few possible problems. They are:

Here are a few symptoms you could look out for:
  • Nearsightedness: Nearsightedness is also called as Myopia. It indicates a clear near vision but problems in viewing objects far off.
  • Farsightedness: Farsightedness is also called Hypermetropia. It indicates a condition with clear far off vision but problems in viewing objects up close.
  • Astigmatism: The condition when the eye isn’t right shaped resulting in overall blurriness to some extent.
  • Amblyopia: A condition wherein one eye is weaker than the other one due to incomplete brain area development for one eye.
  • Testing eye movements.
  • Testing the lining up of eyes.
  • Checking on the changes due to changing light levels.

A physical exam is also conducted for children more than 3 years of age. It is important for parents to brief their children about the exam and make them feel comfortable about it explaining the process. The physical exam conducted are basically eye chart tests, pictures, letters, or the “Tumbling E game.”

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