There are several behaviors that indicate that your child may have a vision problem. If you notice your child exhibiting any of the following behaviors, make an appointment with Dr. Clark to have your child’s vision and ocular health tested.
The American Optometric Association recommends that infants have their first eye exam at six months of age. If Dr. Clark finds no vision issues, he will recommend that you schedule another exam at the age of three with a follow-up exam just before your child starts school. Up to 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. When an issue is detected early, Dr. Clark can provide treatment and corrective lenses to help address the problem, preventing any further social or academic development issues.
For young children, specialized eye exams are particularly important as they may not have the language or communication skills to describe what they see on a chart or if they are experiencing blurred vision or auras. Correct vision helps children learn to focus on objects in the distance and up close, coordinate vision with both eyes and develop eye-movement skills. Vision is also important to developing focus and concentration skills, hand-eye coordination, and peripheral awareness.
Dr. Clark uses special equipment and tests to assess the health of your child’s eyes and the accuracy of their vision. He may use drops to dilate your child’s eyes to be able to look at the retina at the back of the eye. Depending on your child’s age and language skills, Dr. Clark may perform an exam similar to the eye-chart test you would recognize as an adult but with different images. He’ll also check the alignment of your child’s eyes, pupils, color vision, depth perception, and confrontational visual fields.
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