Dr. Coker Family Eye Care


Children’s Vision 


The American Optometric Association recommends that children have their eyes examined at 6 months, 3 years of age, and 5 years of age.

    

     A lot of individuals have the misconception that seeing 20/20 means that they have “perfect vision”.  However, vision is a lot more than that.  Vision is a complex process that requires the eyes and the brain to communicate with each other and re-route the information to the correct area of the nervous system.

    

     According to the American Optometric Association nearly 25% of school-age children have vision problems.  Such can include amblyopia (lazy eyes), strabismus (deviating eyes), and improper use of using both eyes at the same time or eye teaming skills.


     Common behaviors that your child may demonstrate that indicate a visually related problem include:

  • Turns or tilts head to see
  • Squints or closes an eye
  • Excessive blinking or squinting
  • Poor visual/motor skills (hand-eye coordination)
  • One eye drifts or aims in a different direction than the other
  • Problems moving in space, frequently bumps into things or drops things


     While reading or doing close work your child:

  • Holds the book or object unusually close
  • Closes one eye or covers eye with hand
  • Twists or tilts head toward book or object so as to favor one eye
  • Frequently loses place and fatigues easily
  • Uses finger to guide reading
  • Rubs eyes during or after short periods of reading


     Your child frequently complains of:

  • Only being able to read for short periods of time
  • Headaches or eyestrain
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Motion sickness
  • Double vision


Early detection is of up most importance.  When children are young there visual systems are more “plastic” or more easy to be molded and thus properly corrected as opposed to when they are older.


If you feel as if your child shows any of these behaviors call to schedule an appointment today.