Most children should have their first exam by the age of 3 years old (Dr. Tahir has seen infants as young as 6 months!). Early detection and correction is key in preventing vision and other behavioral problems. It is difficult for children to tell you if they cannot see well or if they see differently through each eye as this is “normal” vision for them. Many children have one eye which works considerably harder than the other causing strain, headaches, eye teaming issues, poor grades and frustration. We are always amazed how some kids, which seem to see very well, have a high prescription or are only using one eye! Please Note: Our office requires all children to be dilated on their exam - if you have questions please call us first.
BUT AREN'T SCHOOL SCREENINGS ENOUGH?
The short answer is No. School screenings do their part, but nothing beats a thorough and complete eye health exam with dilation, eye alignment tests and more! Children who have passed many school screening still have many problems with vision, eye alignment, headaches, and more. Did You Know - Over 25% of all kids have some vision problem which slows their learning! Yes, 1 out of every 4 kids. - Over 80% of all learning is visual - School screening, while a good baseline, do not test for many major areas of vision and health
HAS YOUR CHILD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ADD OR ADHD?
Children with poor eyesight who seem uninterested, restless, show poor attention span, or difficulty with learning may need vision correction! Yes, it just might be that they can’t see to concentrate.
Child shows a "white pupil" in the left eye - sign of eye cancer- and must be seen immediately for evaluation.
Patient shows an inward turned eye (esotropia)
Requiring Immediate Attention
Bump or lump noted on the color part of the eye (iris)
Swelling or drooping of lid with red eye
Larger / smaller cornea in one eye or both
Unable to move eyes in all directions
Requiring Urgent Attention
One or both eyes turned in or out
Eye(s) occasionally turns in or out
Pink eye, tearing, yellow discharge, crusty eyes
Oscillating or twitching eyes
Red eyes, squinting with bright lights
One pupil larger than the other
Requiring Further Investigation
Holding work too close
Closing one eye when looking at objects
Constant head tilt, especially to one side
Unable to “cross” eyes or if eye(s) flick in or out