Eye is an important sensory organ of our body. It is really important that we keep a regular check on our eye to ensure they are functioning properly. A preventive checkup can help us avoid many major future problems in eyes. This is even applicable for kids. The first eye screening can be done at an age of 6 months where an eye doctor can check for any issue affecting your infant’s eye.
There are many eye issues which if detected at an early age (like lazy eye) can be treated but the same becomes difficult to treat in an elder.
When to go for eye checkup in kids?
Eye screening or check-up is an important thing which parents should consider for their children in early ages. By proper and timely screening, you are ensuring the health of your kid’s eye. You should not wait for an eye problem to occur before you go to an eye doctor. In fact an eye screening should be done as early as possible. Infants can have an eye screening at 6-months of age. It is recommended to have an eye checkup for kids before 3 years of age. Your job is not finished by just going for an eye checkup once. You need to take your kids for an eye checkup at least once in a year.
What should I expect in my kid’s eye checkup?
Before going to the physician it is better if the parents have a clear opinion about the vision of their kids. The doctors will usually ask some questions like, “Does your child have any difficulty in vision?”, “Can your child see well?” etc. They will also check your family history, if it consist of any eye defects as this might affect your kid as well.
Eye tests are absolutely painless and a fun exercise for your kid. Some of the tests that your eye specialist might do to evaluate any eye disorder of the kids include:
- Visual Acuity Test – It is done to measure the accuracy or sharpness of vision of your kids. It measures if your child can see in detail.
- Eye Coordination Test – It is done to measure if both the eyes work together in coordination. Lack of eye coordination can affect the vision of your kid in future.
- Eye Health Examination
- Red Reflex Test – It is done using a device called ophthalmoscope. If there is any abnormality, the test will show dark spots in the eye, lack of red reflex and the presence of while reflex.
- Refractive Test – This can analyze if your kid have defects like nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) etc. This test can also assure if your kid needs an eye glass.
- Tests for Colour Blindness – It is done to test if your child have any inability in seeing certain colors.
These tests can vary according to the age of your kid. Consult your ophthalmologist and make the follow-ups according to his advice.
What are the symptoms that shows my kid might be suffering from an eye problem?
Parents need to be attentive to their kids eye status. If you find any of the below issues which your kid might be suffering from, you should consult an ophthalmologist.
- Lack of Focus – If your child cannot focus on objects clearly, you may contact an eye doctor.
- Redness in the Eyes – If there is any redness in your child’s eye which did not go for longer period.
- Frequent Blinking of Eyes – If your child blink his/her eyes too frequently, you should consult a doctor.
- If the Eyes are always watering – This can be a sign of some eye problem, please consult a doctor.
- Constant Headache – Sometimes constant headache among kids is associated with any eye condition. Consult your doctor.
- If the child holds the objects very close and if the vision of far object is not clear. In these cases, you should consult a doctor.
- If child feels irritation in the eyes and rubs them for quite often.
- If there is any eye injury, immediately consult your doctor.
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