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Pediatric Eye Care
Pediatric Eye Care Highlight: Amblyopia "Lazy Eye"
Amblyopia describes a condition where a person's vision is not correctable to 20/20 even with glasses or contact lenses.
As children, we are not born seeing perfectly, or 20/20, but instead develop 20/20 vision by learning to appreciate what clear vision is. Most babies, in fact, are born relatively near-sighted. This enables the baby to see the face of its caregiver better; whoever is feeding or comforting the baby, generally about 12 inches away. As an infant develops physically and can stray further away, so does the baby's vision develop, gradually allowing the baby to focus on things beyond 12 inches.
We have two eyes, but we see one image which means that the brain has to combine the images each eye sees and process it into one. If an eye is turned or the prescription in one eye compared to the other is significantly different, the child is at risk for developing amblyopia. During development, the brain will end up ignoring the poor eye. In most cases, the eye itself is perfectly healthy, but because the affected eye is not being used the poor eye's vision will not reach its full potential; the poor eye's vision will not be 20/20 and be amblyopic.
The American Academy of Optometry recommends a child's vision be checked by an eye care professional before age one, at age three, age five and annually after that. Dr. Jacobsen can easily detect whether or not a child is at risk for developing amblyopia even if a child is not yet able to read or communicate verbally. Amblyopia can be prevented but only by early detection. Please have your children's vision checked early and often.
First Eye Exam
Impaired vision can affect a child's learning as well as his or her physical development. Your child's first eye examination should be before entering school, perhaps sooner if you detect a problem. Modern technology makes it possible to examine a young child even if he or she cannot identify letters or answer questions. Computer-assisted technology and the use of games are employed to determine the visual condition of your child at an early age. The earlier a vision condition is detected, the better the chance of correction.
Important Issues for Your Child:
Important issues for a parent to note are eye turns, covering/closing one eye, head tilt, tendency to blink and/or rub eyes often, severe sensitivity to light, short attention span, and the tendency to stay in one place when playing. Proper prescription and quality lenses are extremely important to protect your child's eyes and vision. Dr. Jacobsen will discuss lens options that will best benefit and protect your child's eye health and vision.