5 things you’ll learn about your child’s eyes during an eye exam

5 things you’ll learn about your child’s eyes during an eye exam

“I never knew she was so blurry in that eye.”
“Is there anything we can do to keep his eyesight from getting worse?”
“Do you think their reading issues have anything to do with their eyes?”

These are just a few of the comments I hear from parents during their child’s first eye exam. As an optometrist, I think it’s important for you to know these 5 things about your child’s eyes.

1. Eye Health
The health of the eye is the foundation for the complicated process of vision. During a comprehensive eye exam, your doctor will ask for a birth and developmental history, a family history and evaluate your child’s eye health using the latest technology. Dr. Brooks is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control which provides research and evidence-based treatment options to prevent myopia, a progressive vision disorder resulting in blurred distance vision and increases the risk of future eye disease.

2. Visual Processing
Vision is an amazing, but a very complicated process. Academic and athletic performance are affected by how the brain processes visual information. By uncovering deficiencies in visual processing and treating them, we can maximize performance on the field and in the classroom.

3. Binocularity
3-D movies are enjoyable only when the two eyes work together. For some kids, the eyes don’t work as a team, but work against each other causing headaches, difficulty reading, or even trouble just catching a ball.

4. Acuity
20/20 is commonly thought to be the normal vision. In fact, many patients can see 20/15 or better. To help children see their best, we prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, and Orthokeratology. Check out our list of services to read more about how your child can get clear vision without glasses or daytime contacts while controlling myoptic degeneration.

5. Prescription
Even for young children, the prescription in each eye can be accurately determined and monitored for changes as they grow. “A study of students age 6-16 with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) found that they have high rates of undiagnosed and untreated vision problems affecting reading speed and comprehension.” (Greafes Arch of Clin Exp Ophthalmology, 2013: 251:169-187)

“An eye exam done by a health professional is not the same as a visual screening done in school,” says Dr. Andrea Thau, past-president of the American Optometric Association. School screenings are simply “pass-fail tests,” Thau says, often limited to measuring kid’s clarity of sight and distance acuity. The problem, she says, is they “can provide a false sense of security to the parent.”

Feel great about taking care of your child’s eyes by scheduling their exam with one of our doctors at Kirkwood before they head back to school. We look forward to helping your child with their eyewear or vision therapy needs. We’ll see you soon!

For the entire month of August 2017, every child that has an eye exam and purchases a pair of eye glasses, Kirkwood Eye Center will donate a pair of eye glasses to The Community Eye Clinic of Fort Worth. Schedule your appointment today by calling 817-416-2010 or clicking above on schedule an appointment. 

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