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Pediatric Eye Care

Signs that may indicate a visual problem:
  • Sitting close to the TV or holding a book too close 
  • Squinting
  • Tilting their head
  • Frequently rubbing their 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 bike riding
  • Avoiding coloring activities, puzzles and other detailed activities

Preschool Children (2-5 Years Old): Children from ages 2-5, are now fine tuning visual skills learned during infancy and developing new skills preparing them to learn. Amblyopia, strabismus and visually related learning disabilities begin to develop at this age. According to the American Public Health Association, about 10% of preschoolers have eye or vision problems. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to academic success.

Do you know your vision facts?
  • One out of four children struggle with reading and learning because of undiagnosed vision problems.
  • It is estimated that over 60% of problem learners have undiagnosed vision problems.
  • 80% of learning in the classroom is visual.
  • The majority of the vision problems that interfere with reading and learning are very treatable.
  • Seeing clearly (“20/20”) is just one of 17 visual skills critical to academic success.

School Aged Children (6-18 Years Old): Most children have no idea how they are supposed to see.  Therefore it is important that you know the signs that a vision problem is interfering with your child’s ability to read and learn. 

According to the American Federation of Teachers vision plays an important role in our children's education and that:

"Even the most gifted students will struggle academically if they have trouble seeing the board or focusing on a book. A tremendous amount of learning happens visually, so proper vision care is
crucial to helping students reach their full potential."

The routine eye exam from an eye doctor’s office is designed to test how healthy your eyes are and to see if you need glasses or contact lenses. This exam is not designed to test ALL of the 17 visual skills required for academic success.

If any of these visual skills are not working properly, it can make reading and learning an unnecessary challenge.  Some children develop behavior problems, while others avoid reading or simply refuse to read.  Usually the child is bright, causing parents to be confused by the child's difficulties.  Often the child is labeled hyperactive, lazy, or slow.  What makes this even worse is that many of these problems can easily be mistaken as learning disabilities or attention problems such as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).