Pediatric Eye Health Examination

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Annual eye health examinations are recommended for every child. Statistics show that 5 to 10 percent of pre-schoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children (ages 6 to 18 years old) 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 impacts 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 may manage to pass a basic school vision screening. They do not detect if more significant vision or eye health conditions exist. Unfortunately, some parents also fail to understand that these school vision tests are not a substitute for a comprehensive, multi-step eye health examination, similar to those for adults, conducted by an experienced eye care professional. Dr. Turner has spent many years successfully working with school-aged children and their parents who come to her with concerns about their vision. She is dedicated to the early identification, education, treatment and prevention of vision problems in children.

Statistics for children between the ages of 6 and 18 show the prevalence of the eye conditions indicated in the chart below.

Hyperopia (far-sightedness)……………..23.0%
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%

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 parent. If the decision is made to place the child in glasses to correct their vision, Dr. Turner or a staff member will escort the child and their parent to our Optical Department where one of our experienced Opticians will assist them in choosing the most appropriate and comfortable frame and lens that meets their lifestyle – school, sports and social needs.

Some young children and many teenagers choose to wear contact lenses for their vision correction. Dr. Turner can select 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 they leave the practice. When appropriate, the staff member will review the wearing of and caring for contact lens routines with both the parent and the child. Printed educational brochures are made available for new contact lens wearers to take home and review to help promote their success in wearing contacts.