Regular Eye Exams Can Save Your or Your Childs Vision

Clear vision is one of the most important factors in general wellbeing and quality of life.  Many of our daily activities that we may take for granted are hinged on the ability to see clearly.  The effects of poor vision can lead to difficulties with study and work.  Sooner or later almost everyone will need to use eyeglasses.

Adults tend to only see an eye doctor when they experience a loss of vision or trauma to their eye. However, adults that think they no vision problems should still have regular eye exams even if their vision is in good condition because early detection of eye diseases by an ophthalmologist, or similar eye care facility/professional, that might not be apparent to the potential sufferer can occur.  For example, comprehensive eye exams can detect brain tumours and eye damage caused by diabetes which is a leading cause of blindness.

Various studies show that 25% of children have vision problems, and that close to half of parents with children under the age of 13 have not taken their child to an eye specialist for a check. Generally, schools that offer vision screening detect the common eye issues. The consensus among eye doctors is that babies from the age of six months should be start getting their eyes examined. The paediatrician performs a few simple tests that include ensuring:

  • the baby can track things properly,
  • that the retina is getting light through to it and
  • that there is no evidence of the eyes crossing.

Even if an infant’s eyes are fine, they should be seen again at 3 years old, and at around the age of 5. Health care professionals stress that the child’s doctor should be consulted as soon as possible if the parents suspect vision issues. Eye diseases that are caught early enough (3 to 4 years old) are mostly treatable However, if negative eye conditions are left untreated until the child is 8 or 9 years of age, their vision is likely to be affected for the rest of their lives.  Make eye exams a part of you and your family’s health care routine. Just like annual visits to the family doctor and dentist, be sure to schedule and appointment with an optometrist.