A comprehensive eye exam versus a vision screening
Our eye doctors in Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, and Ozark see patients of all ages, from 1 - 99. This should be the norm, but, unfortunately, parents are not aware of the need for a comprehensive eye exam for their child. Typically, parents assume that at around age 4 or 5, their child will begin to have their eyesight tested with a vision screening by their school nurse or pediatrician. As long as they are told they can see the chalkboard, what else do I have to worry about?
The truth is, a comprehensive eye exam is quite important for a person of any age, including a child. 80% of learning is visual and that is why it's important to ensure not only the proper vision, but also the eye health of your child. While they may be seing ok, we need to make sure the health of their eye is ok.
Since learning is 80% visual, it’s important to have regular eye exams, even at a young age. Often, a child is experiencing behavioral issues because they cant see the board and are struggling to read up close due to poor eyesight.
What will the Eye Doctor look for at my child's eye exam?
As mentioned, even if the school nurse is saying your child’s vision is 20/20, there are many more factors to check regarding the health of the eye.
- Near and farsight – see if your child has an issue seeing at a distance or up close.
- Focusing skills – can the eyes focus on items near and far
- Binocular Vision/Fusion – do the eyes work together or do they drift apart? Is there eye coordination? If not, they may have Binocular Vision Dysfunction
- Lazy eye – making sure one eye isn’t dragging when the other is moving
Having a comprehensive eye exam for your child is vital to the long-term health of their eye. We see many patients at a later age when its too late to properly treat their eye. Had we seen the patient as a younger age, we would have been able to preprly treat their condition. Give us a call today to schedule your child's next eye exam so you can confirm the long-term eye health of your child.
- content vision screening vs comprehnsive eye exam. pediatric eye exam not school nurse. saw a 9 yr old who has only one good eye. if an injury would happen to it he would be legally blind. would have started treatment earlier, glasses to patch up.