Children's Vision

Your child’s vision is precious and it is estimated that 80% of everything a child learns, understands and remembers is acquired through their visual system.  Children suffering from uncorrected vision problems may exhibit difficulties socially, academically and athletically.

It is important that young children receive an eye exam before starting kindergarten and yearly thereafter until age 19.  However, there are times that warrant an infant or toddler being seen earlier. Symptoms you should watch for may include: rubbing eyes, squinting, blinking, turning or tilting the head, wandering eyes, red eyes, etc. If you are in doubt, err on the side of caution and have your child seen by Dr. Fydell. 

Children usually don’t complain about having blurred vision (i.e. not being able to see the black board/smart board at school).  A comprehensive eye exam may find a visual problem and he may be able to recommend treatment before it becomes an issue. 

Please watch and identify if your child shows any of the following characteristics:

  • Problems with reading (i.e. has difficulty learning the skill, grows tired or frustrated with it, exhibits poor reading comprehension, frequently loses their place, skips words/phrases/lines of text, reverses words, letters, or numbers, etc.)
  • Has difficulty remembering how to spell words
  • Doesn’t want to sit still (fidgety) or has poor concentration

 

Ultra violet light (UV) is cumulative over our lifetime. The larger pupils and clearer eyes of children make them especially vulnerable to UV light. The World Health Organization found that approximately 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation is reached before 18 years of age making it essential that providing UV protection for young children, starting at an early age, is vital.

To ensure your child's vision is developing normally, make an appointment with Dr. Fydell. He will answer your questions and provide you with the best treatment options available, if required for your child. 

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