Pediatric Eye Conditions

The American Optometric Association recommends that children should have their first examination by a pediatric eye care specialist at six months old followed by follow-up exams at three years of age and when children start first grade. These early evaluations allow Dr. Thom to diagnose and treat any pediatric eye conditions that may affect your child.

Prevalence of Vision Problems in Children

Studies have shown that one in four children have vision problems that may impact their ability to perform well in school. Unfortunately, the routine vision screenings that are performed in schools only identify a small percentage of children who are unable to see clearly.

Common Pediatric Eye Conditions

In addition to vision problems, children experience eye conditions that are best managed at a young age.

  • Crossed eyes (strabismus)
  • Poor vision in one eye caused by underdevelopment (amblyopia)
  • Drooping eyelid over one or both eyes (ptosis)

Dr. Thom screens for issues that may affect your child’s vision, such as:

  • Eye movements
  • Distance and close-up vision
  • Focusing
  • Tracking

Recognizing Signs of Pediatric Eye Conditions

Children and young patients may not realize that their vision is not as good as it should be, so parents should watch for signs of pediatric eye conditions.

  • Mismatched eye movements, such as one eye that move in or out while the other remains still
  • Sitting close to the television or holding books and objects close to the face
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye rubbing
  • Tilting of the head
  • Squinting
  • Having a short attention span

You should also check for infections, redness, excess tearing, dry eyes and other medical indications of an eye problem.

Treatments for Pediatric Eye Conditions

In some cases, eyeglasses can correct pediatric eye conditions, but surgery may be required. Dr. Thom recommends the best option for your child during the consultation. He describes the nature of the condition and how the treatment will improve your child’s vision.

Learn More About Pediatric Eye Conditions. Contact Thom Eye & Laser Clinic.

Early diagnosis is important for effectively treating pediatric eye conditions. To learn more about pediatric eye conditions, glaucoma treatment, cosmetic eyelid surgery and our other services, contact Thom Eye & Laser Clinic. You can contact our office in Fargo directly at (701) 235-5200.

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