It’s amazing to me what we take for granted. We expect the sun to appear every morning in the east; we expect the grocery store will always have an endless supply of the foods we need; and, we expect our eyes to guide us through our lifetime protecting us from danger and providing the beauty of the world around us.
To add to these expectations, as parents we just assume our children will have good vision. Why not, they seem perfect to us in so many other ways, why not their eyes?! Unfortunately this is not always the case. Children, like the rest of humanity are far from perfect, and that includes their eyesight.
Poor vision in children can contribute to such problems as attention deficit, poor motor skills, learning disorders, and behavioral challenges. These issues can lead to even bigger problems as the child matures – some criminal behavior has been linked to vision problems in childhood.
As the child grows, from birth until about 6 years old, the visual cortex is creating the nerve network that will be used for the rest of the individuals life. If a child’s vision is poor and not corrected by the age of 6, there will likely be deficits in their visual system. These deficits can create all kinds of difficulties for the child as they grow.
In order to assist the growth of the child and of proper development of their visual cortex, a thorough eye exam should be performed by someone who specializes in pediatric vision. Children’s needs are unique from those of adults, and the tests used to determine the health of their eyes are also quite different.
An ideal time for a child’s eye exam is between 3 and 5 years old. Children at this age can communicate better than younger children and if there are any problems they can be treated or resolved before the challenges they face in first grade. An Optometrist that specializes in pediatric eye care is usually the best choice for a thorough eye exam, because most children
don’t have issues that require an M.D. If one is required, the Optometrist will select an Ophthalmologist who is appropriate for the child’s particular needs. Dr. Jennie Cho has the unique experience needed for children’s vision problems, and she practices here on the Treasure Coast, in the offices of Treasure Coast Opticians, 715 17th Street in Vero; and, Hillmoor Optical, 8958 S. US 1, in Port Saint Lucie. Her practice is family oriented, so everyone can receive quality eye care under the same roof. Stop in and see why we say “Your vision is our passion.”