It’s that time of year and as kids are either back in school, or headed there soon, it’s important to make sure they’ve got everything they need to have the best year yet. Ensuring their vision is healthy is a big part of that. Over the next few weeks, CEF will help answer some of the most pressing questions a parent might have about how to know their child is ready!
The leading cause of vision loss among children is Amblyopia. But what is Amblyopia?
Amblyopia is the medical term for “lazy eye”. It is partial or complete blindness, usually of one eye, that starts in early childhood. It affects 1 in every 20 children in the USA. Treatment works if started early enough, before the child’s brain is mature. Finding amblyopia too late for effective treatment is a tragedy. Be a part of the incredible movement to make undetected amblyopia so rare that it is found only in the history books rather than in your child’s future.
Vision screening is the best way to find amblyopia or eye conditions that can lead to amblyopia.
It is important to screen children for amblyopia because it can be a “silent” condition. If only one eye sees poorly, the child may not have any symptoms because they use the “good” eye and function fine in daily activities. Only a vision screening or comprehensive eye exam can pick this up. As parents, we want our children to grow up and fulfill their dreams, and our dreams for them. If your child was losing vision in one eye, (or both eyes) wouldn’t you want to know that? Ask your pediatrician or family physician to do a vision screening as part of your child’s well check-up every year!
“Instrument-based screening has made things so much easier and quicker – like taking a photograph. As pediatric ophthalmologists, we will not rest until every child has a vision screening test every year from age 1 until they can easily read a standard eye chart. Amblyopia need not take so much of our children’s vision away from them!”
– Dr. M. Ed Wilson, Professor of Ophthalmology & Pediatrics, Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina
You should care about getting your child screened. Ask for it, demand it, make sure it is repeated each year. Just like immunizations, vision screening needs to be done regularly and on schedule.
Visit SeeMore.Today to learn more and download our Parent’s Guide with lots of helpful information about vision screening.
And, to learn more about amblyopia, check out the resources from the experts at AAPOS (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus)!