Children grow up quickly – their bodies develop at a rapid pace as they pass from infancy to adolescence. This is especially true of their eyes and their ability to see.
But sometimes a child’s vision doesn’t develop as it should, and problems may arise affecting eye health and visual ability. If not diagnosed and treated early, some of these problems could impair their future vision, as well as inhibit their intellectual, emotional and social development.
Hattiesburg Eye Clinic’s Pediatric Vision Team has the training and experience to evaluate your child’s eyes and vision, diagnose conditions and implement a treatment plan designed just for them. Using the latest diagnostic technology and treatment techniques, we’ll help make sure your child sees clearly.
Start your child on the right vision track
Your child’s vision begins to develop rapidly soon after they’re born. While at first they only focus on things at close range with high contrast colors (white, black or red), their vision quickly sharpens over their first year.
And it’s during their first year that problems could begin to show. So along with the American Optometric Association, we recommend you follow the following schedule for your child’s vision exams:
- First visit: 6 to 12 months;
- Second visit: 3 years of age;
- Third visit: Just before entering school;
- Subsequent visits: Every two years.
If your child has higher risk factors for vision impairment, like low birth weight or a family history of eye disease, or they’ve been diagnosed with a vision problem, they may need more frequent eye exams – such as once a year after starting school – and additional testing.
Screenings are great! But your child still needs a full eye exam
It’s quite common for children to undergo vision screenings at school or through other organizations. These screenings can do a lot of good –but they’re limited in their ability to diagnose eye and vision problems. Their main purpose is to raise a warning flag for an immediate vision need –which should then be followed up with a complete vision examination.
For optimum vision health, it’s important your child undergo a full exam that far exceeds the capabilities of a screening. An exam not only evaluates eye health, it also measures how effective the eyes and the entire ocular system is working, including eye teaming (coordinating together to produce binocular vision) and tracking, near vision, focusing and eye-hand coordination.
Screenings have their place – but you shouldn’t rely on them solely to diagnose your child’s full range of vision health.
Call us for more information or to make an appointment
Hattiesburg Eye Clinic’s Pediatric Vision Team can make a difference in your child’s eye and vision health. To learn more or request an appointment, call (601) 268-5910 and ask about our pediatric vision exams and services.