You likely already know that your child needs good vision to succeed in school. Proper vision enables your child to see fine details, making it easier to decipher text on a board or on an exam. But did you know that your child also needs good vision to develop physically?
A child’s brain needs equal input from both eyes to stimulate the visual centers. Without clear, focused images, the brain may not properly develop, resulting in permanent vision loss.
At the Eye Specialists Center, we offer pediatric ophthalmology, or vision care for children. Our staff gives some of the best pediatric care and provides comprehensive vision evaluations to determine if your child needs corrective lenses. These evaluations include visual acuity, eye alignment, eye movement and tracking, depth perception, color vision, and visual field assessments.
Diagnose These Pediatric Eye Problems Early
Most pediatric eye problems can be treated successfully if caught early. Consequently, it’s important to take your infant to a vision screening shortly after birth and at routine intervals. Your ophthalmologist at ESC will look for the following problems:
- Amblyopia: Eye misalignment reduces vision. Amblyopia responds best to treatment if identified during preschool years.
- Astigmatism: Uneven eye curvature causes near and far objects to look blurred.
- Double vision: Many conditions cause the simultaneous perception of two images. Double vision should be evaluated immediately. Depending on the condition, treatment for double vision includes strabismus surgery, Botox injections, and prism glasses.
- Drooping eyelid: Weakness in the muscle that elevates the eyelid causes drooping eyelid. This may result in significant astigmatism and permanent vision loss, if untreated. Surgical correction may be necessary.
- Excessive tearing: Blockage in the tear ducts leads to excessive tearing. Treatment includes tear eye drops and sac massage. If tearing persists, surgical probing may be necessary.
- Farsightedness: Near objects appear blurred while distant objects seem clear because the cornea is not properly curved or the lens sits farther back in the eye. Glasses or contacts correct the issue.
- Nearsightedness: Distant objects appear blurred while near objects seem clear because the cornea is too curved. Glasses or contacts correct the issue.
- Strabismus: Also known as crossed eyes, this condition occurs when the eye muscles cause the eyes to misalign. The misalignment may be intermittent or constant. An eye may turn outward (exotropia), inward (esotropia), downward (hypotropia), or upward (hypertropia). Treatment may include prisms eyeglasses, Botox injections, surgery, or eye-patching therapy.
Call us at (708) 423-4070 to schedule a screening for your child and to diagnose eye problems early.