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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Eye Charts for Children

Around 10 million school children in America have vision conditions that can negatively affect learning. This can be prevented by taking kids to get their first formal eye exam with an Eye Doctor in an Eye Clinic BEFORE they enter school.  A child’s first eye test with an Eye Doctor should be done between ages 3 and 4.

A child does NOT need to be able to verbalize or know their alphabet for the examiner to perform a comprehensive eye examination. There are numerous eye charts for children!!

Often our children can not express to us when they are having problems with their vision.  They may not even realize that they are experiencing vision problems.   Sometimes children will try to compensate for vision issues by closing one eye, rubbing their eyes excessively, squinting, skipping over words or loose their place  when they are reading.

Vision issues need to be detected and corrected before age 7 to prevent lifelong problems such as lazy eye (amblyopia), eye turn (strabismus), learning disabilities and behavior problems.

Click this link to visit the Visionary Eyecare’s Blog to see samples of eye charts for children.

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