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Eye Exams are extremely important for children. Many learning impediments and academic problems are rooted in unidentified vision impairment. Unlike a scraped knee or bump on the head, young children will often not complain of poor vision. If a child is born with reduced vision, this becomes their “normal”, as they have no basis of comparison. If a child has one eye that is misaligned or has a much greater prescription than the fellow eye, the brain will often “shut off” the bad eye, and it will be destined to become a “lazy eye”. For this reason, early detection of poor vision is crucial, in order to correct the eyes accordingly, and allow them to develop to their fullest potential.
Marine View Optometry stresses the importance of eye care for children, and offers free exams to those under 19 years of age. Child exams are recommended as early as ages 6 months, 3 years, and before grade school.
We know how difficult it can be as a parent to drag your children to their appointments. Our optometrists create a non-intimidating and engaging experience for your little ones. Picking out glasses should be fun for all ages!
Myopia (or nearsightedness) is the inability to see distant objects clearly. The prevalence of myopia is forecasted to jump from 27% in 2010 to 52% of the world’s population by 2050. Increased near work and time spent indoors are thought to strongly contribute to the progression of myopia. When myopia exceeds -7 diopters, individuals are at an increased risk for developing ocular problems like retinal detachments, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Myopia control is the use of special drops or contact lenses to slow the progression of myopia (typically for children and early adolescents). It is important that children have yearly eye exams so that myopia progression can be identified, and a treatment plan can be designed if warranted.