Important Facts About Children’s Vision
One out of Four Has a Vision Problem (near-sighted, far-sighted, or astigmatism)
Some vision conditions are undetectable by a simple screening and require a complete eye exam. Also, many children are unaware that their vision is worsening because it can happen gradually.
One out of 20 Has Amblyopia (lazy-eye)
Amblyopia is a term that describes a healthy eye that cannot see clearly, with or without glasses. Amblyopia causes more visual loss in the under 40 group than all injuries and diseases combined. It is a form of permanent vision loss, but it is preventable if detected and treated at a young age.
This condition occurs during childhood and is typically due to an eye-turn (strabismus) or an asymmetric vision prescription between the two eyes. When discovered at an early age (preferably before 5 years old), amblyopia can be partially or completely reversed with regular vision exercises, surgery and/or prescription glasses. Since amblyopia usually occurs in one eye only, many parents and children may be unaware of the condition. Far too many parents fail to take their infants and toddlers in for an early comprehensive vision examination and many children go undiagnosed until it is too late for improvement. For this reason it is very important for all children to have a complete eye examination before beginning preschool.
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