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Pediatric vision care Treatment & Diagnostics in Alwarpet, Chennai

Pediatric vision care

Pediatric vision care basically involves a routine eye check-up. It is carried out for protecting a child's vision. Children’s eye care starts from the time a child is born and should continue throughout their childhood.

What do we need to know about pediatric vision care?

Not all children need eye examinations. For many, normal examination by a pediatrician is sufficient. But, a child with a family history of vision problems or with other eye problems needs a proper eye exam. Children are at a higher risk of developing myopia. That is why timely and proper vision care is extremely important for a child's eyes. Eye exams are also very important for children’s visual skills, optimal learning, accurate eye movements and comfortable focusing skills.

What can you expect during the vision care process?

Eye exams for infants

Infants should be able to see clearly and have focusing ability, good color vision and depth perception by 6 months of age. To check the health of your baby’s eyes, doctors typically do the following tests:

  • Pupil test: It is done to check the proper opening and closing of pupils in the presence and absence of light.
  • Fixate and follow test: It checks whether a baby’s eyes are able to focus on a movable object or not.
  • Preferential looking test: This test is performed using special cards that are blank on one side and have stripes on the other side to attract infants towards the stripes. This is done to test vision capabilities of the infant.

Eye exams for children other than infants

  • Eye inspection test: This involves examining the overall health of the eyes and eyelids, including eye muscle movements and pupils functioning. 
  • Ophthalmoscope: It involves examination of the back portion of the eyes in older children.
  • Corneal light reflex test: This is done to check the proper functioning of the outermost part of the eyes called cornea.
  • Cover test: Used to check misalignment in the eyes.  
  • Age-appropriate visual acuity test: This is done with the help of an eye chart having numerous lines of characters. A child is asked to read the charts separately.

When do you need to see a doctor? 

Following are the indications that your child needs medical attention for eye health:

  • Degrading performance in school
  • Unable to pay attention
  • Unable to concentrate and focus 
  • Difficulty in writing and reading
  • Unable to see the class board.
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Constant and frequent headaches
  • Eye pain

You can search online for a ‘paediatric vision care hospital near me’.

You can also request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Alwarpet, Chennai.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

Conclusion

Ideally, children need regular vision care - once after 6 months of being born, then at 3 years of age and then before joining school. It is very important for children to have early detection of any eye issue so that it does not affect their school life.

References

https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/features/your-childs-vision

https://www.allaboutvision.com/en-in/eye-exam/children/

Who performs eye exams?

An eye doctor, mainly an optometrist or ophthalmologist with advanced training, performs and evaluates your child’s eyes and vision.

Do all children need comprehensive eye exams?

No, only those children who fail routine vision screening tests or have been diagnosed with vision problems or have a family history of eye problems need this.

What are the common eye problems that occur in children?

  • Amblyopia
  • Strabismus
  • Convergence insufficiency
  • Glaucoma
  • Blepharitis
  • Uveitis

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