Vision Care and Warning Signs
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!