alarm-ringing ambulance angle2 archive arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up at-sign baby baby2 bag binoculars book-open book2 bookmark2 bubble calendar-check calendar-empty camera2 cart chart-growth check chevron-down chevron-left chevron-right chevron-up circle-minus circle city clapboard-play clipboard-empty clipboard-text clock clock2 cloud-download cloud-windy cloud clubs cog cross crown cube youtube diamond4 diamonds drop-crossed drop2 earth ellipsis envelope-open envelope exclamation eye-dropper eye facebook file-empty fire flag2 flare foursquare gift glasses google graph hammer-wrench heart-pulse heart home instagram joystick lamp layers lifebuoy link linkedin list lock magic-wand map-marker map medal-empty menu microscope minus moon mustache-glasses paper-plane paperclip papers pen pencil pie-chart pinterest plus-circle plus power pushpin question rain reading receipt recycle reminder sad shield-check smartphone smile soccer spades speed-medium spotlights star-empty star-half star store sun-glasses sun tag telephone thumbs-down thumbs-up tree tumblr twitter user users wheelchair write yelp youtube

Don’t wait for your child to complain of a vision problem!

For most children, they won’t complain.

When a child is diagnosed with a vision problem, I often have parents ask me “Why didn’t my child complain about this?”

The reality is that many children don’t complain about vision problems, because they don’t know what they don’t know. Think of it this way:

  • If your child was born deaf, would they tell you that they can’t hear?
  • If your child was born with a heart defect, would they tell you that they don’t feel good?

If the child doesn’t know any different and thinks that this is normal, they won’t know to complain. Just last week, I saw a 13-year-old boy for his first eye exam. He was completely colorblind. Neither he nor his parents knew. The boy thought nothing of it because he thought everyone saw the same as him, so he had never mentioned it to his parents (and why would he?).

What can parents do?

As a parent, the best thing you can do for your child is to make sure they have regular eye exams starting at a young age. Most vision problems are correctable if they are caught early.

We recommend the first eye exam to be at 6 months of age, which can be conducted at no charge through the InfantSEE program. As long as everything looks good, we then recommend the next exam to be at approximately age 3. Once again, as long as everything appears normal, then the next exam should be at age 5 or before they start kindergarten. Then every year afterward.

If a child has never had their vision checked, or a problem is suspected, we are able to check them at any age or any time.

What if my child’s vision was checked at the pediatrician’s office?

Parents need to keep in mind that a vision screening at school or the pediatrician’s office is not the same as a comprehensive eye examination with an optometrist, and it should not be a substitute.

 

Top image by Pixabay on Pexels (location) used under Creative Commons Zero (CCO) License. Image has been cropped and modified from original. Image rights state commercial use and modifications allowed when image was obtained on 02/21/2017.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.