Sarah B. Wierda, M.D.
Healthy vision plays an important role in academic success. Vision is closely linked to the learning process and undetected problems often will cause trouble with schoolwork. As your child gets ready to head back to school, consider an annual eye exam as part of your check list.
Often, children don't know they have vision problems because they do not understand when something is wrong. Regular eye screenings can detect vision and eye problems early. Children tend to be more responsive to treatment at a younger age. Best results come from treatment started at age 4, but good results can be achieved if action is taken before 7 years of age.
Pediatric eye screening tests for eye-risk abnormalities or risk factors such as:
The National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health and Boys Town Pediatrics, state children should have an eye screening by the time they are 5 years old, to rule out any eye or vision disorders. At any time you think your child is having difficulty with vision, color, or clarity, having recurrent headaches or sensitivity to light, contact your primary provider or pediatric ophthalmologist.
Pediatric eye screenings are non-invasive and relatively quick. These two methods are considered best practice for young children.
If your child's results are normal, you do not need to do anything except continue scheduling annual eye exams with your child's home doctor. If your child's results indicate an abnormality, from near-sightedness to cataracts, he or she will be referred to an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Boys Town Pediatrics wants to make sure your child is ready to reach their highest potential for school with eye screenings.