Why does my child need an eye exam?
Professional eye care is an important part of a child’s annual health care routine. Vision problems detected early are more responsive to treatment, and may help avoid the need for glasses or a strong vision prescription later on in life. Vision affects fine motor skills. Since 80% of learning in school is visual, it is imperative that all kids have an eye exam before starting Kindergarten! Reports have estimated that up to 25% of students in grade K-6 have vision- related problems, which may contribute to poor school performance. Children with poor vision can have trouble accomplishing physical tasks that come naturally to other youngsters. Vision impairment directly affects learning and the ability to focus on a task.
My child had a vision screening in school; does he/she need a professional eye exam?
School Screenings are NOT a Substitute for a Comprehensive Vision Examination. Although school screenings and pediatric visits are helpful, they only detect 20 to 30 percent of vision problems. Most of the vision skills that have been shown to affect learning are not evaluated, such as eye coordination, eye movements, focusing, and visual depth perception. The only way to know if a child is seeing at their best is through a professional eye examination. Children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don’t know what “normal” vision looks like.
Why is a pediatric eye exam better at Vision Arora?
A pediatric eye examination at Vision Arora assess all 6 elements of a pediatric exams in detail. Visual acuity, refractive status, ocular health, eye tracking, eye focusing, and eye teaming. Visual acuity measures how clearly a child sees objects. Refractive status measures for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. The child is evaluated for any eye health problems, including active pathology or congenital anomalies. Eye tracking is the ability of the eyes to fixate, smoothly follow, and look at objects or printed words. Eye focusing is the ability to efficiently change and sustain focus while reading or playing sports. Eye teaming is the ability to coordinate both eyes accurately and without fatigue or excessive effort. Accurate eye teaming is also important for accurate two-eyed depth perception or stereopsis. Early detection and management is recommended to prevent vision loss or eye disease and to provide appropriate visual development. To inquire how the examination process differs for infants, preschoolers, and school-aged children, call us and a staff member will be more than happy to answerer your questions.
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