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American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends an eye exam by the first 12 month of age and yearly eye exams. The importance to have your child’s eyes examined at such a young age is to rule out High Refractive Error, Strabismus (Eyeturn), Amblyopia (Decreased Vision), and other Ocular Diseases. Prognosis for full recovery of vision decreases the longer the problem goes untreated. It is easier to treat and manage a problem earlier in life.
In-depth Pediatric and Infant Care
What signs and symptoms may indicate that my child is having problems seeing?
- Squinting to see distance targets
- Complaints of blurry vision at near
- Crossed eyes or one eye may turn out
- Complains that eyes hurt
- Child complains of double vision
- Tilt or runs head with visual tasks
- Eyelid droops
- Eyestrain/Difficulties when reading
- Errors in copying from blackboard to paper
- Poor handwriting or printing
- Uses finger to keep place when reading
What should I except when taking my infant/child to the Optometrist?
- An in-depth health and birth history
- Evaluation of his/her:
- Abilty to fixate and track an object
- Eye movements in all directions
- Alignment of the eyes
- Ability of pupillary light reflexes
- Refractive error (need for spectacle correction)
- Front of the eye and lids
- Instillation of drops in order to evaluate the retina, optic nerve, and lens
What should I do if my child has a pink eye or irritated eye?
See your eye care specialist. There are many reasons why a child could have a pink eye, such as bacterial infection, viral infection, allergies, or trauma. Brenart Eye Clinic’s Optometrists are equipped with microscopes to determine the correct etiology. It is not appropriate to treat your child with antibiotics without determining the etiology. You should never reuse medications that were given for a similar case. Always discuss with your optometrist first before administrating any medications to your child.
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