June: Child Vision Awareness
Often it is those things that get overlooked that cause the biggest problems. Children’s vision is often one of those things. If a child falls and cries, we are on alert and take care of them. How do we know there is a vision problem? Are there warning signs? What, as parents should we be looking for? First warning sign is a child that moves close to a screen: this can be the television screen, iPad, computer etc. Is your child complaining of headaches? Are there grades suffering at school? All things to think about when addressing children’s vision issues. All children should have their first eye exam before starting school. If you notice anything strange like crossed eyes or an eye that wanders you should bring them in sooner.
1 in every 4 children have some kind of vision problem. The sooner the problem is detected the better. There is some vision therapy that can correct some eye disorders up to a certain age. It is important to give our children the biggest advantage as possible at school and if their grades are suffering it could be a sign that they are having a hard time seeing the board at school or seeing up close. Dr. Humpherys looks at all aspects of the eye when doing eye exams to ensure there are no underlying conditions.