The Importance of Pediatric Eye Exams

Eye Basics Park Ridge ILChildren can sometimes develop the same vision problems as adults. Unfortunately, they are unaware of the symptoms of vision problems and are most likely unable to communicate the occurrence of eyesight issues to their parents. Eye problems like strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye) are congenital vision conditions that can have a major impact on a child’s vision into adulthood if not addressed early on. For this reason, regular pediatric eye exams are necessary.

In addition to regular pediatrician health exams throughout infancy and childhood, an official eye exam by a vision care professional is recommended by age two. It is never too early to test your child’s vision health. Here are basic symptoms you can watch out for that may reveal a vision problem your child is experiencing.

Signs of vision problems in children

If your child has headaches, double vision, blurry vision, eye pain, problems reading and writing, issues paying attention during class or at home, no desire to attend school, below average school performance, or takes longer than normal to finish homework, they may have a vision problem. To determine if a vision condition is a culprit, schedule an eye exam with Dr. Sondheimer today. Common eye problems in children include lazy eye, crossed eyes, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Questions to consider

During your child’s eye exam, you may be asked any of the following important questions about your child’s vision health: Is your child able to see well? Does your child hold up books or objects abnormally close to their face? Do your child’s eyes seem to drift or cross as opposed to appearing sharp and focused? Do your child’s eyes seem odd in any way? Do your child’s eyelids droop or do one close more than the other? Has your child ever experienced an eye injury or eye damage?

Schedule an eye exam

To learn more about how various eye problems may be impacting your child’s vision, schedule a consultation today. You can reach our team at Skokie, IL (847-677-2794), Deerfield, IL (847-677-2794) and Park Ridge, IL (847-696-7643).  We look forward to addressing any questions or concerns you may have.

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