Providing vision care to children of all ages is a high priority at Visionary Eye Care. Visual abilities are learned with development starting at birth. Early detection of eye and vision problems helps to prevent potential developmental delays. The eyes work directly with the brain, thus any problems related to eye muscle movements, focusing and use of both eyes together will affect learning and coordination. Dr. Metzger is an InfantSee Provider and screens children as young as 6 months old.
As children grow into toddlers and pre-school age, signs of vision problems include:
- Sitting close to the TV or holding a book too close
- Tilting head consistently to one side
- Closing or covering an eye consistently
- Frequent rubbing of one or both eyes
- Short attention span for the child’s age
- Turning of an eye in or out
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty with eye-hand-body coordination when playing ball or bicycle riding
- Avoiding coloring activities, puzzles and other detailed activities
It is recommended to make an appointment with Dr. Metzger or Dr. Gates if any of these signs are noticed in your child.
A child’s ability to learn and participate in sports can suffer from lack of good vision. Elementary, Middle and High School students may have a vision problem if they are experiencing:
- Short attention span
- Avoiding reading and other close activities
- Frequent headaches
- Seeing double
- Losing place when reading
- Difficulty remembering what he or she read
Undetected and untreated vision problems can often show the same signs and symptoms commonly attributed to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), like hyperactivity and distractibility. Due to these similarities, children with these symptoms should have a comprehensive vision exam to avoid potential misdiagnosis.
How often should my child have an eye exam?
Once a year and more frequently as needed, starting at 6 months old.
Is the school screening an eye exam?
School screening usually is a screen for testing distance vision. An eye examination with an Optometrist will evaluate both distance and near vision in addition to examining ocular health and function.