Pediatric Vision Conditions Treated By Our Conway Optometrist
Children’s vision is extremely important to their learning and development. As much as 80 percent of learning occurs through a child’s eyes. One in four school-age children have a vision condition. Fortunately, our pediatric optometrist in Conway can detect these conditions early and provide eye care treatment that improves your child’s vision.
Dozens of vision conditions can affect children. Many of these vision problems are difficult to detect because they do not cause signs visible to the naked eye. Our eye doctors at Vaught Eye Associates are highly skilled at detecting early signs of childhood vision diseases, using the most advanced tools and methods to diagnose these diseases, and provide treatment.
Types of Pediatric Vision Conditions & Their Treatments in Conway
Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is a condition characterized by decreased vision in one or both eyes. The condition is the result of abnormal development during infancy or early childhood that causes one eye to have better visual acuity than does the other. The eye affected by amblyopia does not appear different from a healthy eye, so pediatricians often miss the condition.
Eyeglasses help but the condition may redevelop as the brain “re-learns” to see a blurry image. Many pediatric eye doctors recommend patching the good eye to strengthen the weak eye.
Strabismus, commonly known as crossed eyes, is misalignment of the eyes. About 4 percent of people in the United States have strabismus. There are several types of strabismus. In esotropia, both eyes turn inward; both eyes turn outward in exotropia. In hypotropia, one eye points downward while one eye turns upward in hypertropia. Treatment for strabismus includes eyeglasses, eye exercises, prism, and/ or eye muscle surgery.
Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is a condition where the eye appears red and may have discharge. Bacteria, viruses, allergies and chemicals can cause conjunctivitis. Symptoms of pink eye include burning, irritation, itching, discharge and crusty lashes. Treatment depends on the cause but can include antibiotic drops or ointments and allergy eye drops.
In addition to performing specialized tests to detect specific problems, our eye doctor looks at your child’s eyelid, lens, iris and the clear dome-shaped cornea covering the eye to determine if your child needs extra testing or treatment.
Contact Our Conway Optometrist Today To Learn more!
For more information on pediatric conditions, their detection, and their treatment, make an appointment with our pediatric optometrist in Conway. Make an appointment for your children’s vision eye exam today by calling us today at 843-488-2020.