Five to ten percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. However, early detection allows for treatment to begin before the child experiences difficulty in school due to poor vision, or before any permanent damage has been done to the eye(s). At Throggs Neck Optical, we strive to provide the highest quality of care so that your child can achieve optimal vision and eye health that does not affect their school work or other everyday activities. Our Pelham Bay pediatric optometrist focuses on kid-friendly eye exams, along with medical and surgical treatment for common pediatric vision problems.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that infants have their first eye exam at six months of age. Children should be re-examined at age three, and again just before they enter the first grade. Scheduling your child’s eye exam is crucial as many basic skills required in a child’s learning are associated with good eyesight and wearing the proper prescription of children’s eyeglasses, such as near and distance vision, binocular (two eyes) coordination, peripheral awareness, and hand-eye coordination. The AOA suggests that children who do not require vision correction should receive an eye exam every two years. Otherwise, children who do wear corrective lenses should have their vision evaluated annually. Comprehensive exams also test visual acuity, eye tracking and focusing skills, as well as detect common pediatric vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, dyslexia, color blindness, congenital cataracts, strabismus (crossed eye), and amblyopia (lazy eye). In fact, amblyopia affects about four million people in the United States. Our Pelham Bay pediatric optometrist will also check for eye disease during your child’s infant eye exam, as well as assess how their eyes work together, and evaluate their eyes as an indicator of their overall health.
If you would like to learn more about common pediatric vision problems, we highly recommend that you visit our practice’s main website to browse through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. Please call Throggs Neck Optical today if you have any questions regarding pediatric eye exams, or would like to schedule an appointment with our Pelham Bay pediatric optometrist.