Vision problems affect 1 in 20 preschoolers and 1 in 4 school-aged children. It is extremely important that children receive proper eye care, so that problems don’t worsen and lead to more serious issues, such as delayed development or permanent vision loss.
All children should have their eyes screen before the age of 5 for:
- Starbismus (Crossed-Eyes)
- Amblyopia (Lazy-Eye)
- Ptosis (Drooping of the Upper Eyelid)
- Refractive Errors (Nearsightedness, Farsightedness and Astigmatism)
If there is a family history of vision problems or if your child appears to have any of the above conditions, it’s important that you speak to your doctor promptly about when and how often your child’s eyes should be examined.
Vision problems in children can be serious, but if they are caught in time and treated early, your child’s vision can be protected.