Children’s vision health can shape their future. Optical Masters understands the importance of catching uncorrected vision conditions or eye health issues early to prevent children from struggling socially, academically and physically as they begin their lives. Optimum vision allows your child the best chance to succeed and reach his potential. Understanding how you can support your children’s vision development is a crucial parent skill that is often overlooked. Good vision is not something your child is immediately born with. Vision develops, over time. Your child’s brain has to learn how to interpret what it sees just like it learns to speak, stand and walk. When children’s vision problems or errors go untreated, the brain learns to accommodate making correction, down the road, more difficult. Comprehensive pediatric eye examinations are crucial in monitoring how your child’s vision is developing as they grow and change. The American Optometric Association classifies children’s vision development into three main stages:
- Infant vision (birth – 24 months of age)
- Pre-school vision (2 – 5 years)
- School-aged vision (6 – 18 years)
Some of the most crucial periods of vision development occur in the infant-vision stage and the pre-school vision stage. The American Optometric Association recommends that an infant have an exam at 6 months of age unless he is in an at-risk category or is demonstrating problematic vision symptoms/signs. Then at age 3, before he starts first grade, and every two years following. These exams give your doctor a way to track if vision is changing or staying stable and can help prevent your child from developing an eye problem that could make it harder for them to learn and perform. Vision testing, regular exams, and your important observing role as a parent help your child develop vision in a way that will support them throughout their lives. If your child is are deficient of a visual skill, or weaker in an area, your child’s brain overcompensates for that weakness resulting in other symptoms such as headaches, eye fatigue, and blurred vision. Teachers, parents and doctors have a collaborative relationship to ensure that children’s vision and visual perceptions are normal, sharp and responsive.
Vision is More Than Just Seeing
Vision is more than being able to see. Vision is about being able to interpret what you see. Some eye disorders go unnoticed because children don’t demonstrate other symptoms or signs of vision errors. But, children need to be able to recognize the difference between letters like “b” and “d”. Eyes need to be able to adapt/focus quickly and accurately with distance changes. They need to track appropriately. Eyes should stay on target and not wander from one focal point to another. The eyes should coordinate (team) together. Eye-hand coordination is also a visual perception skill. Watch for signs that could manifest a problem to be addressed. Involve our Optical Master’s staff and eye doctors if you have any concerns.
Call for a Children’s Vision Consultation
Prepare your child for a lifetime of eye health and wellness with a pediatric eye exam at age 3 and age 5. These exams can help you address any issues early on so your child won’t be hindered by any eye conditions or diseases as they learn and develop. Located at two convenient Denver locations–King Soopers Shopping Center off of South Monaco Parkway in Denver and at the Brentwood Shopping Center on Federal Boulevard–Optical Masters can offer you top-rate eye care services and help you with your eye health goals.