Children are too often overlooked when it comes to regular visits to an eye care specialists such as our pediatric optometrist in Spokane WA at Vision Arts Eyecare WA. Family members at different life stages need specialized care, adolescents, middle-aged adults and seniors all have their own eye and vision issues that need to be attended to and so do young children.
A very young child may have developmental issues with his/her eyes and vision that need addressing as soon as possible, whether structurally or through training the eyes to coordinate properly. Childhood is a critical time for clear vision since vision problems, even slight ones can hamper the child’s ability to learn. Too many parents rely on the quick vision tests given at school or rudimentary eye examinations by the child’s pediatrician to spot eye problems, these cannot duplicate the comprehensive examination of the structure and functioning of even an infant’s eyes that our pediatric optometrist in Spokane WA regularly performs. For instance, Strabismus is an eye condition that is an imbalance in the positioning of the two eyes, which makes them look at slightly different spots on an object sending an out of focus image to the brain. This is often caused by a weakness or lack of coordination in the muscles around the eye. The disorder is found most often in younger children. Our practice diagnoses and then treats this problem through patches and eye coordination exercises and other methods to reduce the deviation in the focal points of the eyes.
Strabismus can lead to another condition that affects children’s vision, Amblyopia or lazy eye where the vision in one of the eyes is reduced because the eye and the brain are not working together properly. This ailment is the most common cause of visual impairment in children and develops very early in life when the baby is starting to use vision to learn about its world. The earlier the condition is treated the better the result and less impact on the child’s learning and development. Our pediatric optometrist in Spokane WA works with parents and the child’s pediatrician to diagnose these and other eye conditions affecting children to help their eyes and vision develop normally. A child’s eyes are too delicate, too complex and too important to ignore so, bring your child to our office for a comprehensive examination to ensure their good eye health during the crucial learning years.