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Children's Vision Care
Monitoring and Correcting Children's Vision
Visual acuity and eye health are important at any age. As young children reach school age, vision problems can form a powerful obstacle to their practical and academic development. The earlier your children receive routine vision care, the happier and more rewarding their formative years will be. Here at Advanced Eyecare Center, our Manhattan Beach optometrists can provide skilled, friendly children's vision care for your loved ones, whatever their age may be.
Babies rely on their eyes to help them learn how to identify faces, manipulate objects and generally get acquainted with their world. But newborns do not emerge from the womb fully able to use their eyes -- the brain must train itself to focus and coordinate them properly. That's why it's so important to recognize and, if necessary, correct any eye problems that might limit this development. For instance, it is not uncommon for infants to appear cross-eyed until their brain learns to coordinate the eyes, but ongoing trouble with crossed eyes may indicate a problem requiring professional evaluation. Toddlers may also develop crossed or "lazy eyes" between the ages of 2 and 5, or they may show symptoms of vision problems such as frequently rubbing their eyes or avoiding games that call for hand-to-eye-coordination. We can evaluate your child's vision for any visual issues that may need correcting.
School-age children demand a lot from their eyes. Reading books, blackboards or handouts and practicing handwriting skills can prove frustrating or even impossible if nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism get in the way of clear vision. Children with vision problems may misinterpret instructions, be unable to follow classroom lessons, or find it too much of a strain to read or write for long periods of time. This can lead to significant developmental delays, and some children may even be misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder. The eye can change rapidly during this period; you'll want to schedule a new vision exam for your child every two years so we can catch a vision problem before it starts to affect your child's performance or causes eyestrain, headaches and other symptoms.
Vision problems affect at least 1 in 10 children before they reach school age, and many students receive their first pair of glasses or contacts at this time. It is important to schedule eye exams from a clinical optometrist instead of just relying on school exams, which may not uncover certain eye disorders that need treatment. Depending on your child's vision correction needs, we may recommend annual vision testing to make sure the prescription stays up to date.
Introduce Your Whole Family to Our Manhattan Beach Optometrists
Bring your family in for vision testing and eye exams here at Advanced Eyecare Center. We can put even very young children at ease and make sure that their eyes are healthy while prescribing any eyewear they may need. We look forward to helping your kids see more clearly!