The American Optometric Association recommends a child’s first eye examinations at ages 6 months, 3 years, and the start of school. Scott Eye Care is well-equipped for pediatric eye examinations.
Children may have disorders of vision (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism) and not know it. Since clear vision is important to the eye’s development, an eye exam is crucial to determine if your child may need correction.
Dr. Cazares also checks for conditions that can commonly affect children, such as amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye turn), or myopia progression.
Amblyopia (lazy eye) is a condition in which one or both eyes fail to achieve normal visual acuity (20/20) even with prescription glasses or contact lenses. Amblyopia begins in infancy and early childhood. It is important to catch amblyopia at an early age so as to avoid permanent reduced vision. If caught at an early enough age, amblyopia can be reduced, and vision may be improved. Read more about amblyopia here: All About Vision – Amblyopia
Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes in which one eye may turn in, out, up, or down, while the other looks straight ahead. It is important that the eyes work together so as to provide us with depth perception. Strabismus needs to be caught at an early age to assure proper development of depth perception. Read more about strabismus here: All About Vision: Strabismus
Myopia progression is when a child’s nearsightedness gets worse and worse every year. Recent studies have found ways to reduce the progression of nearsightedness in children. Treatments can include ortho-k contact lenses, multifocal contact lenses, atropine eye drops, or multifocal glasses. Read more about myopia control: All About Vision – Myopia Control