Vision Care and Warning Signs

Friday, January 6, 2012 @ 03:01 PM
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 In honor of National Eye Care Month, I will be dedicating this month’s posts to vision care tips. In the spirit of the New Year, there is no better time to schedule a new eye exam for the entire family.   

 As a part of the health screening before school entry, I recommend having your children’s vision formally checked.   Between the ages of 3 and 4 all children should have their vision screened.  Your child should have his/her eyes check by the pediatrician with every well visit. However, I recommend a more detailed exam and it should be performed by a pediatric ophthalmologist or by an optometrist who is comfortable evaluating young children.

 These are some red flags that should be immediately investigated in regards to your children’s vision:

  • A severe headache that is persistent; Children should not have headaches.  Mark a calendar for everyday he/she complains of headache and make note of the time of the day.  This could be a sign of a vision or a more serious problem.  If the headache is associated with other symptoms always contact your pediatrician immediately.
  • Watching TV, playing video games or computer games too close as if unable to see clearly
  • Needing to read books too close
  • Squinting frequently
  • Lazy eye
  • Family history of refractory eye problems like astigmatism, far sightedness or near sightedness
  • History of Prematurity

Eye exams are as important as your dental exams.  Have your eyes checked once a year.  And kids remember to eat your carrots:  Vitamin A is good for your EYES.

Stay tuned for my next post on Vision Nutrition!

By: Dr. Edna L. Tello, MD

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