Preschool Vision at Vaught Eye Associates
Preschool age children spend a lot of time accumulating knowledge that will build the very foundation of their young life experiences. One of the most important tools a child has is their eyes. They use them to gather information and learn about the world around them. A lot of times, they are experiencing things for the very first time. Therefore, it is crucial for children to have an eye exam as early as 6 months to make sure that there are no issues with their sight. Our optometrists at Vaught Eye Associates know how important your child’s vision is and are ready to serve as your eye doctor today.
Why Should My Child Have an Eye Exam?
Children eye care differs from adult eye care in a few ways. As a child, their eye sight is constantly developing and changing from infancy until well into their school years. Problems can arise at this young age that might not happen to an adult. For instance, one of the most common issues is what is commonly referred to as “lazy eye”, which is medically known as amblyopia. According to the Mayo Clinic, lazy eye is considered one of the leading causes of decreased vision in children. By getting it diagnosed as soon as possible, corrective measures can be can be taken by your eye doctor with eye patches, glasses or other medical procedures.
Another way care can differ is the amount of input from the patient. An adult with eye problems will notice them and can voice their issues to their eye doctor. A child is too young to understand that their might be an issue and will not voice any complaints even if there is one. By having a yearly eye exam, parents are being proactive about their child’s eyesight.
What Are Some Sign’s That My Child Might Have Vision Problems?
Some of the signs are not as obvious as others, but a few of the major ones include:
Sitting Too Close to the TV: While the act of sitting too close to the TV does not damage your child’s eyes, it could be a sign that your child is nearsighted and is something you should pay close attention to.
Squinting: If your child squints a lot, it could be a sign that they are having a hard time focusing.
Frequent Eye Rubbing: This could mean that there is some kind of obstruction in the eye. It could also mean your child is having a hard time focusing.
Difficulty with Hand-Eye Coordination: Again, this could be a sign that your child has an issue with their eye focus.
Other common signs include: Sensitivity to light, tilting their head, short attention span, avoiding activities such as puzzles or coloring.
Our Conway Optometrists Are Here to Help!
Finding the right optometrist in Conway is simple. We here at Vaught Eye Associates are ready to take care of your children and their eye care needs. Give us a call at 843-488-2020 if you have any questions or if you need to set up an appointment today!