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How to Examine Your Child's Eyes [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 02:18 PM

Spotting problems with a child's eye health and vision is not always easy.  Without the language to fully describe their symptoms and often a reluctance to be fully forthcoming, parents are often left to decipher the clues at hand.  In the infographic below, we describe 6 symptoms which may indicate a problem with a child's eyes.  When multiple symptoms are observed or symptoms persist over time, it is important to see an ophthalmologist for a thorough eye exam.

 

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How Your Child's Vision is Affecting Their Learning Ability

Posted by Thomas Stuckey on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 @ 02:59 PM

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Does your child suffer from frequent headaches or excessive blinking? Do they avoid reading and appear to suffer from a shortened attention span when assigned visual tasks? Have your child’s grades taken a dip or are they struggling to stay on top of their school work?

If you answered yes to the questions above, your child may be suffering from a learning-related vision problem. Not to be confused with a learning disorder, learning-related vision problems can contribute to difficulties in school, but these difficulties are the result of visual disabilities—not psychological process disorders, like dyslexia, dysgraphia, or developmental aphasia.

Learning-related vision problems can be caused by the following:
  • Refractive errors are caused by an eye whose shape does not bend light correctly. The most common types are nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (loss of near vision with age).
  • Functional vision problems occur when there are deficits in specific functions of the eye—such as eye teaming, fine eye movements, and accommodation—or the neurological control of these functions. Common functional vision problems include accommodative dysfunction, amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), and convergence insufficiency.
  • Perceptual vision problems arise when your child has trouble understanding what is seen, identifying it, judging its importance, and relating it to previously learned information.
  • Color blindness can also cause difficulty for children if color-identification is part of their daily curriculum.
In addition to the symptoms listed above, if your child is suffering from a vision problem that is making it difficult to learn, they may also experience:
  • blurred/double vision
  • crossed eyes or strabismus
  • turning or tilting the head to use one eye only
  • placing the head very close to the book or desk when reading or writing
  • excessive rubbing of the eyes
  • losing place while reading or using a finger as a guide
  • slow reading speed or poor reading comprehension
  • difficulty remembering what was read
  • omitting or repeating words, or confusing similar words
  • persistent reversal of words or letters (after second grade)
  • poor eye-hand coordination
  • evidence of developmental immaturity
What can you do about learning-related vision problems in Baton Rouge?

The first step in treating a learning-related vision problem is identifying it. As they develop, children should have their eyes examined at regular intervals—even when they aren’t exhibiting symptoms. However, if you notice any of the above signs of a learning-related vision problem or if you believe your child’s vision isn’t developing normally, schedule a comprehensive eye exam for your child immediately.**

Your Baton Rouge ophthalmologist will identify any eye health or vision issues and work with you and your child to find the vision treatment plan that works for you. To request your appointment, simply click here, or call our office directly at (225) 768-7777.

 

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**If your child is under the age of 7, consider asking your pediatrician for pediatric eye doctor recommendations, as your child may require specialized equipment to accommodate their height and weight.

Tags: Childhood Vision Health

Spotting Problems Early: Is Your Child's Vision Developing Normally?

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 @ 02:01 PM

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Vision problems in children are common and on the rise. According to the Center for Health and Health Care in School, 10.5 percent of preschool children (4 years of age and younger) have some vision problems, with that number increasing to 21.5 percent by 11 years of age.

Many of these vision problems, such as amblyopia (lazy eye) or myopia (nearsightedness), are correctable with early intervention and treatment. The American Optometric Association has developed milestones to help you understand your child’s vision development and better gauge if a problem may exist.  During the first year of life, when changes are occurring rapidly, here is what you should expect:

Birth to Four Months

Children aren’t born with high definition or color sight. A newborn’s view is blurry, limited to about 8 to 10 inches and black and white. Within a few weeks, the eyes begin to work together, and a child's world view becomes bigger and more colorful. At two months, eyes start tracking objects, and eye-hand coordination begins to develop. Babies begin focusing on nearby objects and faces. At three to four months, babies can follow objects with their eyes and reach for things they see.

Five to Eight Months

Between five and eight months, babies develop depth perception, giving them three-dimensional sight. They can see in full color and distinguish between familiar and new faces.

Nine to 12 Months

Between nine and 12 months, babies begin to judge distances, which helps them learn to crawl and walk. These toddlers can recognize familiar objects and pictures.

What to Look For

Check with your doctor is you see any of the following:

  • Lack of development along the milestones, such as an inability to track objects after about three months of age

  • In pictures of your child, the eyes reflect white spots instead of the typical red eye

  • Abnormal eye movements, for instance, if one eye tracks an object and the other eye doesn't

  • Eyes that look different, for example, one eye bulges or is bigger than the other, the eyelid droops or the pupils are different sizes

  • Squinting or rubbing eyes when not tired

  • Head tilting when examining objects

  • Excessive tearing

  • Light sensitivity

  • Pink, crusted or infected-looking eyes or eyelids

Testing Your Child’s Vision

The AOA recommends that children with no symptoms of eye problems have their first eye examination at six months of age, then at age 3 and every two years after that. Children with diagnosed eye problems will need to see their eye doctor more frequently.

If you are in the Baton Rouge area, contact Eye Specialists of Louisiana and request an eye exam for your child with one of our ophthalmologists.  Doing so will give you peace of mind that your child’s eyesight is developing normally, and if it isn’t, you will be ahead of the curve with early intervention to treat the problem and get them on the right track.  To request your appointment, simply click here, or call our office directly at (225) 768-7777.

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