Children can experience many of the same vision problems as adults, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Other common issues for children include congenital conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes), which have the potential to affect proper vision development.
Eye examinations for children are very important so we can treat any vision problems that may affect future vision. At Berg Feinfield, we offer excellent services for children, and strongly encourage you to bring your whole family in for eye examinations.
Children should have their first eye examinations around the age of two, although it is never too early to test a child’s eye health. Children’s examinations test visual acuity, focusing skills and eye tracking. They also detect problems such as dyslexia, color blindness, amblyopia or crossed eyes. Children’s exams should be performed on a yearly basis.
Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, is a very common condition in children. Amblyopia causes reduced vision in the affected eye, while the unaffected eye becomes stronger. This condition usually develops in children under the age of 6, and without treatment, can persist and worsen into adulthood.
Strabismus is a condition in which a person cannot align both eyes correctly. This condition, which causes the inability to focus both eyes on one object at the same time, affects about 5% of children. If left untreated, this condition can cause visual impairment.
If your child is being affected by any visual problems, it is important that they receive treatment as soon as possible. Call Berg Feinfield today to set up your child’s appointment!
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