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Children and Vision Issues: A Parent's FAQ Guide

Many parents believe they would immediately recognize if their child had a vision issue, but this isn't always true. 

Children, especially the younger ones, may not verbalize their difficulties with vision, partly because they lack the awareness or language to describe what they're experiencing. In some instances, children may not even realize their vision isn't normal, assuming everyone sees the same way they do.

Let Junction Optometrists Answer Your Questions

Here are some common questions we receive from parents concerned about their child's vision. We shed light on these issues to help ensure timely intervention.

My child had a vision check at school, and everything is fine. Should we still visit an optometrist?

Absolutely. While school vision screenings are valuable for detecting certain types of vision problems, they are not as comprehensive as a complete eye exam conducted by an optometrist. 

School screenings typically focus on identifying issues with distance vision. Still, they may overlook other crucial aspects of eye health, like eye coordination, tracking moving objects, and focusing ability. Comprehensive eye exams conducted at our practice evaluate these areas and more.

If my child has been diagnosed with crossed eyes and a lazy eye, can it be treated?

Both strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye) are treatable conditions, particularly with early diagnosis and intervention. Early treatment, ideally before the age of 8-10 years, can maximize the chances of successful correction.

For strabismus, treatment options may include surgical procedures to realign the eyes. For amblyopia, the approach may involve prescribing corrective eyewear, utilizing eye patching techniques to encourage the use of the weaker eye, or engaging in specific vision therapy exercises to improve eye coordination and visual acuity.

My child's prescription for nearsightedness increases every year. Is there a way to prevent this?

Studies indicate that it's possible to slow or halt myopia (nearsightedness) progression in children. Our practice offers several myopia control strategies, including eyeglasses, orthokeratology (ortho-k), and multifocal contact lenses. We can determine the most effective approach to manage your child's myopia and potentially reduce the need for stronger prescriptions in the future.

Getting my child to wear their glasses each morning is a struggle. How can I make this easier?

Adjusting to glasses can be challenging for children. To ease this transition, consider glasses with straps for younger kids to ensure a secure fit. Consistency is key; regularly wearing the glasses will help your child get used to them.

If your child resists wearing their glasses, it might be due to discomfort, an incorrect prescription, or the fit of the glasses. Revisit your optometrist to check the prescription and adjust the fit of the glasses to ensure they are comfortable for your child to wear.

When is it okay for a child to start wearing contact lenses?

Contact lenses offer flexibility and convenience, particularly for active children or those who frequently misplace or damage their glasses. However, as contact lenses are considered medical devices, they require diligent care and hygiene to avoid complications like infections or corneal scratches.

The appropriate age for a child to begin wearing contact lenses varies, typically between 10 and 12 years, depending on the child's maturity level and ability to maintain proper lens care. We recommend scheduling a consultation to discuss if contact lenses are a suitable option for your child.