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Understanding Children's Vision and Pediatric Ophthalmology

Some experts estimate that approximately 5 percent to 10 percent of pre-school aged kids and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Young children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.

In addition to refractive errors such as myopia and astigmatism, ocular disorders that occur in infants, toddlers, and children may present lifelong problems for children. Conditions such as strabismus, amblyopia, and retinopathy of prematurity may require adaptations in adulthood as well. In addition, vision disorders that occur in childhood may manifest as problems well into adulthood. Taking care of pediatric eye health and vision problems has to be a team effort with input from parents, oversight by the family Pediatrician and preferably a pediatric ophthalmologist. Dr. Brian Campolattaro, specializing in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus is a board certified ophthalmologist working here at Phillips Eye Center. The care of your child's vision is in the hands of skilled professionals when you come to our clinic. If you have questions or would like to schedule an eye exam for your child with Dr. Brian Campolattaro contact us through our website or call us directly.

NOTE : Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for children's vision problems include:

  • premature birth
  • developmental delays
  • turned or crossed eyes
  • family history of eye disease
  • history of eye injury
  • other physical illness or disease

Connections between Vision & Learning

There is a strong connection between vision, reading, and learning. Undiagnosed vision problems affect learning. Many learning-related issues have a vision component that can be addressed. While some children need contacts or glasses, many vision problems involve deficits in visual skills. These skills include eye tracking, eye teaming, focusing, visual memory and visual discrimination. These children see with 20/20 vision, but do not have the visual skills necessary to read and comprehend at an age appropriate level. Having your child's vision checked early and often is important, especially in families with a history of eye problems or learning difficulties.

Child Vision Warning Signs

What signs should I look for if my child has a vision problem? How can I detect if my child has a vision problem?

  1. Did your child fail an eye exam?
  2. Does your child sit too close to the TV screen or hold objects unnaturally close to focus on them?
  3. Does your child squint or tilt their head to see better?
  4. Does your child have "crossed eyes," or one eye that appears to drift to one side?
  5. Does your child have "pink eyes," excessive tearing or unusual sensitivity to light?

If you are seeking eye examinations in the Northern New Jersey area please feel free to contact our practice. The expert eye physicians at our practice are dedicated to excellence in pediatric ophthalmology. The information on this page is not intended for legal purposes. Please consult an eye care professional regarding any specific vision related problems. Our New Jersey pediatric ophthalmologists are enthusiastic about the work they do and motivated to help your child. Please o not hesitate to arrange for a complete eye health examination.

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