While primarily concerned with examining your child's vision, we make every effort to ensure your child is comfortable and enjoys the process. We all have families too and both understand and accomodate a child's view of the world.
We strongly encourage every parent to be concerned about their childrens' vision as good vision has a huge impact on their learning in school. Vision issues can cause many — and mask other — learning difficulties and affect a child's performance while learning. Left untreated, these conditions can become a life-long problem.
It's a widespread misconception that vision issues are associated with ageing. However, many vision issues can begin at a very early age.
Common Childhood Vision Issues
Amblyopia (also called lazy eye) is a type of poor vision that happens in just 1 eye. It develops when there’s a breakdown in how the brain and the eye work together, and the brain can’t recognize the sight from 1 eye. Over time, the brain relies more and more on the other, stronger eye — while vision in the weaker eye gets worse.
It’s called “lazy eye” because the stronger eye works better. But people with amblyopia are not lazy, and they can’t control the way their eyes work.
Amblyopia starts in childhood, and it’s the most common cause of vision loss in kids. Up to 3 out of 100 children have it. The good news is that early treatment works well and usually prevents long-term vision problems.
Some children are born with amblyopia and others develop it later in childhood. The chances of having amblyopia are higher in children who:
- Were born early (premature)
- Were smaller than average at birth
- Have a family history of amblyopia, childhood cataracts, or other eye conditions
- Have developmental disabilities