Early vision tests for children is one of the most important eyesight related task. Vision problems recognized in time can be corrected very well in childhood, preventing later vision worsening and – consequently – wearing glasses. Conversely, if we do not pay sufficient attention to the visual inspection of children, there may be problems that can no longer be treated in adulthood (eg, blurred vision).
At a young age children are not yet able to signal the problem, it is a huge responsibility for parents to notice in time if something is wrong with their little one’s eyesight. Additionally, they are often unaware that their little eyes may not work properly because no apparent problem occurs. Infant strabismus (cross-eye), for example, may not always be clearly recognizable in general. Lack of double vision can lead to severe blunt vision in young children that cannot be cured after a certain age. Examining infants’ eyes is just as important as hearing or hip test. As with any illness, prevention is a priority!
Wearing glasses can prevent behavioral and learning problems. A child who does not see well will overload his nervous system just with the task to see sharply, so unfortunately he will not be able to perform and as expected.
Common children eye problems
Every six months or so, even if there are no specific complaints, it is worthwhile to go for screening. Prevention should come first!
Parents are advised to have their children undergo regular eye examinations and this should always be done before school begins. This allows the optician to deal with potential problems in a timely manner. In some cases, it may be more necessary to see an ophthalmologist or optometrist. How can a parent notice if something is wrong with their child? Here are some signs that can help parents recognize vision problems. If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is worth examining whether there is a visual impairment:
- keeps the book very close while reading
- follows the words with finger when reading
- have concentration problems
- often rubs eyes
- has an axial tilt
- often have headaches
- turns his head to use only one eye
- eye irritation and tearing
- have problems with reading and writing and have learning difficulties
- it is difficult to focus on different tasks or games
It is recommended that all children, regardless of whether they develop the above symptoms, should be regularly examined for eye examination to ensure that their vision is developing properly. The most decisive period in the development of healthy eyesight is eight years of age. Vision test schedules are controversial and may vary from country to country, but unless specifically recommended, the following are worth following:
- at the age of 9 months, especially if the baby is at risk
- At 30 months
- before elementary school (6-7 years)
- at the beginning of each school year
- at any time if any of the above signs or symptoms occur
It is important that you find a reputable local eyesight clinic and/or contact well-respected eye doctors in your area and schedule an appointment if you feel that your child needs a checkup.
Ophthalmologists play a crucial role in the selection of glasses; for example, a properly fitting frame is extremely important. The right frame and lenses together make the correction effective. An incorrectly chosen frame can not only reduce visual performance, but can further worsen a child’s eyes.