Your child’s eyes will change and grow with them, and it’s essential to pay careful attention to their visual health starting in their early developmental stages. Strong eyes are a determining factor in our child’s development, and early intervention and prevention of vision problems can help improve success in school.
Our littlest family members explore the world with their eyes in the first year of their lives, and it is such a joy to watch this sense develop over time. Their vision centers need careful monitoring, and at David W Stemley, OD, Inc., we recommend that your child’s first eye exam occur right after their first birthday.
After determining your child’s eyes’ overall health, we can make recommendations to help manage potential eye conditions and decide how often they need to have an eye exam.
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is an eye condition that affects how far your child can see. It’s very common, with many researchers believing that half of the world will have myopia symptoms by 2050.
As your child grows up, their eyes can elongate over time or their cornea can develop too steep. This prevents light from reaching their retina, resulting in blurry distance vision.
Strabismus (crossed eyes or eye turn) is an eye condition that affects the alignment of both your child’s eyes, sometimes caused by poor muscle control around the eyes or by a refractive error.
Strabismus can develop early in your child’s life, but it does not go away with age. As your child grows up, the condition could lead to vision problems like double vision or poor depth perception. In advanced cases, the brain may not read images from a “weaker” eye.
There are several ways to manage strabismus and its effect, and our team can recommend the right strategy for your child.
Like strabismus, it can occur early in your child’s life, and they will not outgrow it with age. We can help manage their symptoms with a range of strategies tailored to your child’s specific symptoms.
Conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as pink eye, is an eye condition that is well-known for affecting our littlest patients. There are several different types of conjunctivitis, and some of them can be highly transferable, but the symptoms mostly stay the same:
Treatment may depend on the type of conjunctivitis your child has. Please contact us today if your child is experiencing these symptoms and we can develop a strategy that’s right for them.
Your children will go through significant developmental changes throughout their years, and we would like to see them at each stage, from preschool to school age. Our optometrists will ensure that your child’s eyes are developing correctly and look for early signs of eye disease and conditions.
David W Stemley, OD, Inc. would love to help you ensure your family’s total vision health. We want to make sure that our littlest patients receive the top-quality eye care they deserve. Come and see us in our comfortable, family-friendly environment. Book your child’s appointment today!