Protecting Little Eyes: Why Pediatric Eye Care is Crucial

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Parents want nothing but the best care for their kids. From regular doctor visits to ensuring a balanced diet, we strive to give them the best life possible. One health aspect that often gets overlooked is pediatric eye care. Just because a kid has good vision doesn’t mean they shouldn’t see an eye doctor. Did you know that one in four children needs vision treatment?

Vision plays a huge role in a child’s development, education, and overall quality of life. In honor of Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month, we want to discuss the importance of pediatric eye care and how Clarkson Eyecare can help your child’s vision health.

Why Pediatric Eye Care Matters

Read through why we think it’s so important to prioritize children’s eye health.

Early Disease Protection and Prevention

Children can struggle to articulate their visual issues. They may be unable to tell anybody if they are having trouble with their eyes. Pediatric eye care focuses on identifying potential vision issues at an early age. Many eye conditions can lead to long-term issues if they are left untreated. Regular eye exams for children help detect and prevent various eye problems such as refractive errors, amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), and more. By addressing these issues early on, we can better manage them and sometimes correct them. The trained pediatric eye care professionals at Clarkson Eyecare detect and manage eye issues so your child can have healthy vision.

Success in School

Clear vision and doing well in school go hand in hand. Kids rely entirely on their eyesight for reading, writing, and understanding visual what’s going on in the classroom. Imagine a child trying to read something on the board but only seeing blurry numbers and letters. As we’ve mentioned, a child might not know how to describe the problems they’re experiencing. Undiagnosed vision problems can cause issues in school and prevent your kid from learning, concentrating, and performing well. Take them in to get eye exams. We can identify and address vision-related concerns affecting your child’s school performance.

Ensuring Good Binocular Vision or Eye Teaming

Good eye coordination and binocular vision are essential for your child’s depth perception and overall vision. Pediatric eye exams look at your child’s binocular vision to ensure that both eyes work together as they should. If there is an eye teaming issue, your child might struggle with double or blurry vision. Bad eye teaming can be extra frustrating during activities such as reading or writing. Eye teaming occurs in nearly 5% to 10% of children and adults. If any issues are detected, our experts at Clarkson Eyecare can provide appropriate care.

Help with Nearsightedness

Nearsightedness, also known as myopia, is increasing all over the world. The best way to stop or slow it down is from early detection at a young age. Children with nearsightedness can experience blurred vision when looking at distant objects such as a TV at home or a whiteboard at school. If you see that they squint or rub their eyes often or sit close to the TV or other screens, they might struggle with nearsightedness.

With an eye exam for children, eye doctors cover many strategies to help control and slow down myopia in children. Eye exams reduce the risk of severe nearsightedness and other complications. The primary treatment for children’s nearsightedness is prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Build Good Habits

If you start bringing your children to the eye doctor at an early age, they will become more comfortable with going. Sometimes they’ll even think it’s fun! Getting eye exams as a child will help build an understanding of the importance of eye care, and your children will grow up continuing to visit an eye doctor regularly. If somebody starts caring for their eyes early on, they’ll live a life with healthier eyes and clearer vision.

How Clarkson Eyecare Can Help

When it comes to pediatric eye care, you must work with a qualified and experienced team. Clarkson Eyecare offers comprehensive eye care services specifically designed for children. Our knowledgeable and compassionate eye care team understands the needs of young patients and provides care in a friendly environment. From routine eye exams to specialized treatments, Clarkson Eyecare ensures your child receives the best care for their vision health.

Contact Clarkson Eyecare Today

Whether you haven’t taken your child to an eye doctor or have already been, we recommend bringing them to Clarkson Eyecare for an eye exam. We want to ensure your children live their best lives and can see the world.

We have locations in 11 states, including Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. No matter where you are, quality pediatric eye care and clearer vision are never far away! Call or click today for more information about children’s eye care and Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month. Reach out to schedule an appointment at Clarkson Eyecare! 

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