Healthy eyes and vision are an essential part of kids’ growth. Their eyes should be examined regularly, as many vision problems and eye diseases can be detected and treated early.
Kids’ eye health begins in the newborn nursery and should continue throughout childhood. For many children, an evaluation by a pediatrician might be enough. However if a child has a family history of vision or eye problems or has symptoms, he or she may need to have a thorough eye examination.
During the preschool years, many vision problems can be detected during a routine vision screening. Common eye problems that can affect children’s sight include strabismus that is a misalignment of the eyes, amblyopia (“lazy eye”) that is poor vision and uncorrected refractive errors. The earlier the diagnosis of any eye problems the better the prognosis.
In our practices we are screening and testing children from the age of 5 years old.