Pediatric Eye Health Exam
Annual eye health examinations are recommended for every child. Statistics show that 5 to 10 percent of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children (ages 6-18) actually have vision problems. Young children may not express any difficulty in seeing until they reach school age. However, some children don’t realize that they are not seeing as well as they should and fail to tell their parents or teachers until the problem progresses to the point that it negatively impacts their school and/or sports performance.
School vision screenings only test a child’s visual acuity (how well they see). Some vision problems, such as hyperopia and astigmatism, may be impacting a child’s vision, but they manage to pass a basic school vision screening. These screenings do not detect if more significant vision or eye health conditions exist. Unfortunately, some parents also fail to understand that these school vision screenings are not a substitute for a comprehensive, multi-step eye health examination, similar to those for adults, conducted by a trained and experienced eye care professionals like Dr. Turner.
Statistics for children between the ages of 6-18 show the prevalence of the eye conditions indicated in the chart to the right.
Studies indicate that as many as 90 percent of the children requiring vision correction are not wearing glasses or contacts. When a child’s vision is assessed by Dr. Turner, the process and results will be thoroughly explained to both the child and their parents. If the decision is made to place the child in glasses to correct their vision, Dr. Turner or a trained staff member will escort the child and parent to the Optical Department where one of our experienced Opticians will assist them in choosing the appropriate and comfortable frame and lenses that meet their lifestyle (school, sports, social) needs.
- Hyperopia (far-sightedness) 23%
- Astigmatism (distorted or blurred vision) 22.5%
- Myopia (near-sightedness) 20.2%
- Nonstrabismic Binocular Disorders 16.3%
- Strabismus (crosseyed) 10.0%
- Amblyopia (lazy eye) 7.8%
- Other Eye Conditions 8.0%
Some young children and many teenagers elect to wear contact lenses for their vision correction. Dr. Turner can choose from thousands of on-site trial contact lenses and select the most appropriate type for vision correction and comfort. A trained staff member will assist new contact lens wearers to successfully put in and take out their contacts before leaving the practice. When appropriate, the staff member will review the routines for wearing and caring for contact lenses with both the parent and the child. Printed educational brochures are made available for new contact lens wearers to take home and review to assist them in successfully wearing contact lenses.