How often should kids have their eyes examined?

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), babies should have their very first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. After that, kids must have routine eye tests at age 3 and once more at age 5 or 6 (prior to they get in kindergarten or the very first grade).

For school-aged children, the AOA suggests an eye exam every 2 years if no vision correction is needed. Children who require glasses or contact lenses need to be analyzed every year.

My 5-year-old daughter simply had a vision screening at school and she passed. Does she still require an eye exam?

Yes. School vision screenings are developed to identify gross vision problems. However kids can pass a screening at school and still have vision issues that can affect their learning and school efficiency. In fact, studies have actually discovered that up to 11 percent of kids who pass a vision screening actually have a vision issue that requires treatment. A detailed eye examination by an eye doctor can detect vision problems that a school screening might miss out on. Also, a thorough eye examination consists of an evaluation of your kid's eye health, which is not part of a school vision screening.

What is vision therapy?

Vision therapy (also called vision training) is like physical therapy for the visual system. It includes a customized program of eye exercises designed to remedy vision issues, such as amblyopia ("lazy eye"), eye movement and positioning issues, focusing issues, and certain visual-perceptual conditions. Vision treatment is not developed to deal with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Vision treatment is normally performed in an eye doctor's office, but many treatment plans also consist of everyday vision exercises to be carried out in your home.

Can vision treatment cure discovering impairments?

No, vision treatment can not remedy discovering disabilities. Nevertheless, children with finding out impairments frequently have vision problems also. Vision therapy can fix underlying vision problems that might be adding to a child's learning problems.

Our active 1-year-old kid needs glasses to correct his farsightedness and the tendency for his eyes to cross. But he pulls them off the 2nd they go on. We have actually attempted an elastic band, holding his arms, tape ... He simply struggles and sobs. How do we get him to wear his glasses?

In many cases, it simply takes awhile for a young child to get used to the feeling of wearing glasses. So perseverance is the key. Also, you might wish to put his glasses on as soon as he gets up - this will typically help him adjust to the glasses much easier.

However it's likewise a good idea to reconsider the prescription and make certain his glasses were made properly and are fitting effectively. Today, there are many styles of frames for little ones, consisting of some that feature an integrated rubber band to assist keep them comfortably on the child's head. Bring your son and the eyeglasses to our office. Even if you didn't purchase the glasses from us, we will enjoy to provide you our viewpoint about why your child is having a bumpy ride using them and exactly what you can do about it.

Our 3-year-old daughter was just identified with strabismus and amblyopia. What is the likelihood of a remedy at this age?

With proper treatment, the probabilities are very good. Many scientists think the visual system can still develop much better visual acuity up to about age 8 to 10. If your daughter's eye turn (strabismus) is constant, it's likely surgery will be needed to align her eyes in order for her therapy for amblyopia (or "lazy eye") to be successful. Strabismus surgical treatment often is followed by eye patching and vision therapy (also called orthoptics) to help both eyes collaborate as a team. See a pediatric eye doctor who specializes in strabismus surgical treatment for more information.

My daughter (age 10) is farsighted and has actually been wearing glasses given that age 2. We think she may have issues with depth perception. How can she be checked for this, and if there is an issue, can it be treated?

We can carry out a really easy stereopsis test to determine if your child has normal depth perception. In this test, she wears "3-D glasses" and takes a look at a number of items in an unique book or on a chart across the space. If she has actually minimized stereopsis, a program of vision therapy might help improve her depth perception.

We have an 11-year-old boy who initially became nearsighted when he was 7. Every year, his eyes worsen. Exists anything that can be done to prevent this?

A number of recent research studies recommend it may be possible to slow myopia progression, or even reverse it, during youth. Currently, four types of treatment are revealing guarantee for managing myopia: atropine eye drops, multifocal contact lenses, orthokeratology ("ortho-k") and multifocal spectacles. A thorough evaluation will help identify which of these choices may assist the individual requirements of your child.

My 7-year-old boy's teacher believes he has "merging insufficiency." Exactly what is this, and what can I do about it?

Convergence insufficiency (CI) is a typical learning-related vision issue where a person's eyes don't remain conveniently lined up when they are reading or doing close work. For reading and other close-up tasks, our eyes need to be pointed a little inward (converged). An individual with merging insufficiency has a bumpy ride doing this, which results in eyestrain, headaches, tiredness, blurred vision and reading problems. Usually, a program of vision therapy can successfully deal with CI and lower or get rid of these problems. Often, unique reading glasses can also assist.