Children should see an eye doctor regularly for well checks. An eye exam can help determine whether your child has underlying eyesight problems that could be hindering their social and educational development.
Here’s a brief overview of common types of vision problems that develop in childhood:
Amblyopia (“Lazy Eye”)
This condition causes one eye to see better than the other. Over time, the brain will start to favor the “good” eye, leading the other eye’s condition to worsen. It’s important that an eye exam is performed to determine whether your child has this problem.
Strabismus (“Crossed Eyes”)
You might notice that your child’s eyes do not align with each other when they look at something. The left and right eyes can alternate in being able to focus. This may be a constant condition or be present only occasionally. It’s important to have a doctor look at your child’s eyes to determine if they have strabismus.
Ptosis (Drooping Eyelid)
This condition is also known as blepharoptosis and is sometimes mistaken for lazy eye. You might not be able to observe this immediately in your child. Eyelid drooping is more pronounced when they are awake for a longer stretch of time and the muscles are tired.
You cannot observe color blindness or color deficiency when you simply look at your child’s eyes. A specific test is needed to diagnose this condition. A person who is color-blind cannot distinguish between certain colors, such as greens and reds.
Nova Vision Center is an optometrist clinic ready to help if you need eyeglasses or contacts. We also offer other services to help those with more serious eyesight problems, even in children. Call us today at (703) 578-3600 or request an appointment using this form. We help patients in Falls Church and in Arlington, VA.