Children's Vision - Frequently Asked Questions
What signs should I look for to see if my child has a vision problem?
Before the age of three. Much earlier if you or your pediatrician notice anything unusual about your child's eyes or vision. If the mother experienced a difficult birth or if a premature birth took place, an eye examination on the infant is called for.
What do you look for or examine in a child so young?
The most important task is to get a reading of the child's visual activity in each eye both at distance and near. The way we do this is determined by the child's age and intellect. Other areas of concern are the child's level of binocular vision - how well both eyes work together as well as the child's focusing ability. Of course, the health of the child's internal and external ocular tissues is of extreme importance. We also try to establish if the child is farsighted or nearsighted, has astigmatism, any ocular muscle imbalances, has amblyopia (lazy eye) or any color vision deficiencies.
Is the school vision screening test adequate?
What is color blindness?
What we are talking about are color deficiencies. These are sex linked hereditary traits that affect principally males. The color defective boy always inherits his deficiency from his mother even though she herself will have normal color vision. If the father is color defective it is merely coincidental and has no bearing on his son's defect. One out of every twelve males is affected. Most color defectives see all the hues that a normal person sees; they just see some of these hues somewhat differently. Since many early classroom activities such as reading involve colors it is very important to diagnose the color deficient child as early as possible.
My child often gets "Pink Eye". What is that?
"Pink Eye" refers to inflammation of the white portion of the eye. Its causes are usually bacterial or viral infections. Other causes might be eyelid inflammations, chronic eye rubbing or even an imbedded foreign body.
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