Healthy vision plays a very important role in both your child’s education & recreation. Children’s ability to learn and play is affected by their visual health. There are many vision problems that are very common in children. The key to vision health is to see a Port Richmond kids eye doctor for regular eye exams, so they can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
There are many common pediatric eye disorders that affect children’s vision. Some examples are: strabismus, congenital cataracts, amblyopia, and nearsightedness. Congenital cataracts are cataracts that are present at birth and can be detected in newborns. A newborn’s natural eye lens is cloudy instead of clear which impedes vision. Even though it’s not always the case, surgery is often recommended to remove the cataracts because they can interfere with normal vision development. Even though congenital cataracts can be diagnosed at birth, there are many common pediatric vision problems that may not be present at birth but could be detected early during an eye exam. It’s important to take your child to a Port Richmond kids eye doctor like our expert, Dr. Raymond Helfand for regular comprehensive eye examinations for this reason. In the meantime, if suspect any vision problems or changes in your child’s vision, you should take her to the eye doctor right away. It’s also helpful to be aware of some of the common pediatric vision problems and warning signs. Some of them include but are not limited to: myopia (nearsightedness), amblyopia, and strabismus. Amblyopia, which is also known as “Lazy Eye”, is a common eye condition in which the visual acuity of one eye is much better than the other eye. Amblyopia could be the result of another common pediatric vision problem called Strabismus in which the eyes are misaligned. One eye would look straight ahead while the other eye turns up, down or inward.
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