What are the key elements of eye exams for children? Well, certainly a big part of it is determining how well your child is seeing right now. If he or she needs eyeglasses, our San Antonio pediatric eye exams will ascertain that and allow our eye doctor to write a prescription to address it. Having proper vision is essential for your child’s continuing educational development. If she or he is nearsighted, farsighted, or has an astigmatism, glasses will correct the visual issue and give them sharper and clearer eyesight at all distances. The other reason for an eye exam is to root out any signs of eye disease or conditions so that they can be treated. This includes the common diseases that can affect adults and children alike as well as those that only pertain to kids.
Our San Antonio pediatric eye exams aren’t scary nor painful. Eye drops used to dilate your child’s eyes might sting a bit, but that’s the only possible concern. Using various tests, Dr. Darrow will find out how your child sees at all distances, up close, far away, and in-between. Her or his peripheral (side-to-side) vision will also be gauged. An eye chart is utilized. Your child will read letters and pictures on it or if he or she is not yet of reading age, the tumbling E game is a fun and effective alternative. A series of E’s are shown and your child will say in which direction each one is pointing. Should the results of the tests reveal a need for glasses, you will receive a prescription. It’s wonderful to observe how much happier children are when their vision is sharper and clearer.
Two of the childhood eye issues that are checked for during our San Antonio pediatric eye exams are ambylopia (often called “lazy eye”) and drooping eyelid. Other diseases, like cataracts and glaucoma, while more common in older adults are also found in children and so a screening is important. Such diseases don’t have any symptoms associated with them in their early stages. Diagnosing them before they are able to cause eye damage or vision loss is imperative.
Here at the Eyeglass Shop, we know that it is extremely important that you schedule a yearly visit with our San Antonio eye doctor, Dr. Paul A. Darrow. An exam can help determine the presence of any underlying conditions, determine the state of your visual acuity, as well as help screen for serious eye conditions. Many diseases of the eye can go unnoticed in their earlier stages. Many of the symptoms of such conditions are mild or appear nonexistent at first. One such condition is glaucoma.
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An eye exam here at The Eyeglass Shop will screen for any such conditions. Many people with glaucoma suffer no noticeable pain or pressure in the eye during its earlier stages. This is why regular visits are extremely important. Early detection can affect treatment greatly. Glaucoma is a condition where pressure in the eye damages the optic nerve, getting worse as time goes on. The exact cause of this buildup is unknown, but the severe damage it causes can create pain as well as long-term vision loss. It mostly occurs in both eyes, though may occur in different degrees in each eye. Rarely is glaucoma caused by eye injury or trauma, but it has been known to occur. Glaucoma is often inherited, though it can show up in those without a known history. If you have a family medical history of glaucoma, you should have regular eye exams with our San Antonio eye doctor to keep an eye out for the earliest signs. Aside from having a family history of glaucoma, you should also consider having regular eye exams to check for glaucoma if you have diabetes. If you have both risk factors, then you should consider even more frequent visits. The progression of glaucoma can soon become painful and can result in long-term visual loss.
Regular eye exams allow your San Antonio eye doctor to properly monitor your overall eye health and development. The culmination of visits allows for the ease of identifying any abnormalities as early as possible. Like glaucoma, there are many other eye conditions and diseases that begin with little to no initial symptoms but can escalate quickly and result in vision loss. Take care of your eyes and your vision today by visiting The Eyeglass Shop.