Children’s Vision And Learning
pEDIATRIC oPTOMETRY in Mississauga
Since 80% of what a child learns is through their vision, children with vision difficulty will likely suffer academically or have to work extra hard to overcome their visual discomfort or deficit. 1 out of 3 children has a vision problem, yet children lack the experience before the age of 9 or 10 to know what normal vision is. Most parents are often shocked to find out their child needs visual assistance through either glasses, contact lenses, or visual training exercises.
Many children are misdiagnosed as learning disabled, when in fact, they have a correctable vision disorder. It is therefore recommended that children have a thorough eye examination by an optometrist yearly from the age of 3 years – infants should have an eye exam at age 6 months.
School vision screenings should never take the place of a complete eye health and vision exam by a trained optometrist or ophthalmologist. A lack of early, routine eye exams can unfortunately result in an otherwise avoidable permanent visual deficit, known as lazy eye or amblyopia.
What you should know after your child’s exam:
- Are my child’s eyes healthy?
- Can my child see well at all distances and see well without eyestrain?
- Does my child see colors normally (boys especially)?
- Does my child have comfortable, coordinated binocular vision and depth perception?
Here are some symptoms that may indicate a child is having vision problems:
- sits close to the television
- has trouble reading or avoids reading
- has trouble seeing street signs or recognizing faces
- often squints
- tilts their head frequently to one side or angle
- is clumsy or bumps into objects frequently
- displays anti-social or shy behavior
- experiences headaches
- is having difficulty at school despite good effort
Myopia Control Therapy
New service now available! Myopia Control Therapy aims to slow or halt the progression of myopia or nearsightedness in children. With increased screen time at the expense of outdoor activities, myopia is growing at epidemic proportions. Nearsighted individuals see better near than far. Myopia is often the result of a growing eye, that inaccurately focuses light in front of, rather than on the retina – the photographic film at the back of the eye. Higher amounts of nearsightedness (greater than -6.00D) is correlated with an increased risk of the following: cataracts (5 x greater), macular degeneration (40 x greater), glaucoma (2.5 x greater) and retinal detachment (21 x greater). A number of treatment options exist that have been found to diminish the eye’s axial length growth and the corresponding myopia progression. Arrange a consult to determine which modality of myopia control is best suited for your child. To learn more about this topic, and to calculate your child’s future myopia based on their specific risk factors, visit www.MyKidsVision.org
MiSight: The First Daily Disposable Lens Proven To Slow Myopia
These FDA approved lenses offer a new tool to fight the progression of myopia in children. Studies have found MiSight contact lenses effective in reducing the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children by 59%. The daily disposable format means no cleaning or storage required, improving both eye health and comfort. Learn more here: “A Parents’ Guide to Contact Lenses.”