As early as a few months old, it is best to have your child’s eyes periodically examined by a qualified pediatric eye care specialist or clinic. This is because as early as this age, any vision and eyesight issues can already be detected. Eye problems that can occur include ptosis, amblyopia, and strabismus.
Strabismus, or more commonly known as a “squint”, occurs so that the child’s two eyes are oriented in opposite directions. This condition may be caused by optical defocusing or by significantly weak eye muscles.
Children who are “cross-eyed” and are left with this condition until they reach school age are often the victims of bullying and discrimination in public. At an early age, the child with strabismus may develop poor self-esteem and socialization skills. Not only that, his or her poor eyesight can lead to unsatisfactory performance in school as it could be hard for them to learn with this condition. If left untreated, it could result to loss of vision on the eye that deviates.
Pediatric Eye Care in Fargo, ND
You can prevent this from happening! Strabismus is a treatable condition, depending on its cause. Your child’s eyes can be turned inwards (esotropia), or outwards (exotropia). In other cases, strabismus may be treated with glasses, eye patching, or surgery.
Here at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic, we will address your child’s vision concerns the best way possible. Call us today at 701-235-5200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thom. We look forward to hearing from you!