pediatric eye care

what is pediatric eye care?

Pediatric eye care refers to the specialized care and treatment of eye and vision problems in infants, children, and adolescents. This includes the diagnosis, treatment, and management of a wide range of eye conditions and visual disorders that may affect children, such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and other refractive errors.

Pediatric eye care is crucial for ensuring that children have healthy eyes and good vision as they grow and develop.

Why is it different from a regular adult exam?

    Why is it different from a regular adult exam?
  1. Children are still developing, therefore it is important to diagnose conditions such as Amblyopia or Strabismus and treat before the age of 10 for the best visual outcome.
  2. In the age of modern technology, children’s vision demands have shifted to majority near-work. Therefore, it is very important to evaluate and treat conditions like myopia at early stages and reduce the progression.

Strabismus is when the eyes do not align properly. This is often referred to as “crossed eyes.”

Amblyopia is poor vision in one eye, and is sometimes referred to as “lazy eye.” It usually occurs before the age of eight. Infants born prematurely or with low birth weight are at greater risk.

The American Optometric Association recommends yearly eye exams for children, because undiagnosed and untreated vision problems can worsen in children because the brain learns to accommodate the distortion over time. Furthermore, untreated vision discrepancies can lead to academic, athletic and social handicaps that hold kids back from their ultimate potential.

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