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Preparing Your Child For An Eye Exam

readingtrouble-interstitial_0How do I prepare my child for an eye exam?

Make sure that your child knows that an eye doctor is there to help him or her with the health of their eyes, the importance to be able to see letters and shapes clearly, and that the exam will be fun. Educating your child about their health and vision is an important step as the y mature and get accustomed to visiting health professionals. An eye doctor could test your child for nearsightedness, farsightedness,  astigmatism, eye movement ability, ambylopia, strabismus, eye alignment, eyes' reaction to light and darkness, and any general eye problems. Also, when an eye doctor does a comprehensive eye exam, they can detect if there are early signs of eye conditions or eye diseases and  work with you on prevention, treatment, and overall management.

A child between the ages of 3 and 5 will often have a physical exam of the eyes by your eye doctor, where they'll use visual screenings like an eye chart, pictures, letters, or other visual aids to make sure your child's visual acuity is healthy as well as their ability to distinguish details of objects accurately. Many a doctors practice visual therapy in order to interact with the child and get them engaged with each visual test. While at a young age the tests are very basic, as your child grows older, these tests also advance in their intricacy.

Older children or young teenagers can also be introduced to contact lenses as an alternative to eyeglasses. Although contact lenses isn't the first thought when it comes to children, contact lenses are a good match depending on the ch ild's maturity as a safe and easy way to improve your child's vision.  Also one of the advances in contact lenses our daily contacts, which children can throw away an old pair every day and put a new one on the next morning. This removes the maintenance and responsibility to change your contact lenses in every two weeks.  The advantages of choosing contacts means better vision, better peripheral vision, and can help his or her self esteem if their uncomfortable with glasses.

Dr Carl (1)