Good vision plays a very important role in your child’s education & recreation. Children’s ability to learn & play is affected by their visual health. Unfortunately, there are many vision problems that are common in children. The key is to see a Pelham Bay kids optometrist for regular eye exams so they can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
There are many common disorders that affect children’s vision. Some examples include: congenital cataracts, amblyopia, strabismus and nearsightedness. Congenital cataracts are cataracts that are present at birth and can be detected in newborns. The newborn’s natural eye lens is cloudy instead of clear which impedes vision. Although it’s not always the case, surgery is often recommended to remove the cataracts because they can interfere with normal vision development. While congenital cataracts can be diagnosed at birth, there are many common pediatric vision problems that may not be present at birth but could be detected early during an eye exam. It’s important to take your child to a Pelham Bay kids optometrist for regular comprehensive eye examinations for this reason. In the meantime, if suspect any vision problems or changes in your child’s vision, you should take him to the eye doctor right away. It’s also helpful to be aware of some of the common pediatric vision problems and warning signs. Some of them include but are not limited to: amblyopia, strabismus and myopia (nearsightedness). Amblyopia, also known as “Lazy Eye”, is a common condition in which the visual acuity of one eye is much better than the other eye. Amblyopia could be the result of another common pediatric vision problem called Strabismus in which the eyes are misaligned. One eye would look straight ahead while the other eye turns up, down or inward. If your child is nearsighted, he would be able to see objects that are nearby much more clearly than objects that are far away. Some signs include squinting and holding objects close.
If your child is due for an eye exam, contact our office today. We’ll gladly schedule an appointment with our Pelham Bay kids optometrist.
Pertaining to the distance that you can see when looking at objects, both myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) are two of the most common visual disorders. A thorough eye exam with our Throggs Neck eye doctor, Dr. William E. Guerrero, can diagnose the level of these disorders and treat them accordingly. Dr. Guerrero believes in continued education and a lifetime of learning and brings the latest technology and information back to our patients.
Myopia is a condition where you can see better up close than you can far away. The myopia is caused by the eye being longer than average, so light that is focused in the eye lands in front of the retina rather than on the retina. Our patients with severe myopia can clearly see objects just a few inches away while those with mild cases can clearly see objects that are several yards away. Myopia tends to run in families, can develop both, gradually or rapidly, and often worsens during childhood and teen years. Some treatments that our Throggs Neck eye doctor will suggest are nearsighted glasses, contact lenses, and laser refractive surgery. All these viable options are used to move the image from in front of your retina to on the retina itself.
Hyperopia, means that you can see better far away that you can close up. With higher amounts of hyperopia, however, you won’t be able to see clearly either far away or up close. Your focusing ability is determined by the degree of your farsightedness and is usually present at birth and also runs in families. Since hyperopia is caused by the eye being smaller than average, the light that is focused in the eye lands behind the retina rather than on the retina. Much like myopia, glasses, contact lenses and refractive surgery are recommended as treatment to move the image from behind your retina to on the retina. Our Throggs Neck eye doctor, and our well-educated staff, make it a goal to get to know each patient, and your needs, personally. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond, to diagnose, treat as well as educate, giving a new meaning to the term, “seeing clearly”.
Throggs Neck Eye Care
3730 E. Tremont Avenue
Bronx, New York 10465