Our Vision Services are provided by our partners, Kids Choice Vision

Your child may have passed a simple vision test in school, but may vision problems often go overlooked in school screenings. Roughly 20 percent of children age 9 to 15 need some sort of vision correction. We can perform a comprehensive eye examination to determine if your child may have a vision issue and offer a clear path to helping her or him get to seeing the world clearly.

Some of the problems we look out for when conducting our visual screenings include:

Astigmatism

A very common vision problem that many people don’t quite understand. In simple terms, astigmatism is when the cornea stops being perfectly round and takes on a more oblong shape. The cornea is the clear part of the eye that covers everything in the front. In most cases, this condition doesn’t cause any other problems other than blurred vision, but it can come with another vision problem as well.

Myopia (Nearsightedness)

No other refractive issue with the eye is as common as myopia. The biggest sign that you or your child is nearsighted is when things like billboards, road signs and other distant objects cannot be correctly focused on. This often leads to squinting to see things at a distance as well as headaches and the eyes feeling tired or strained. Conversely, people with myopia can still read close-up things like books, mobile devices and computer screens, assuming they don’t have other problems with their sight, too.

Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

Pretty much the exact opposite of myopia, this condition makes nearby objects difficult to see clearly. As farsightedness gets more severe, the distance at which the person can focus on things properly grows as well. Items up close are difficult to focus on, which makes tasks like reading or writing difficult without corrective lenses or contacts.

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

One of the more difficult vision problems that someone can face, amblyopia is known primarily as lazy eye due to one of the patient’s eyes not “aiming” correctly at whatever they are looking at. This happens when there is a disconnect in the communications from the eye and the brain, so the brain begins to favor the other eye. Amblyopia can be caused by a number of conditions like strabismus (crossed, turned out eyes), clouding in the cornea (cataracts) or more.

Strabismus (Crossed-Eyed or Wall-Eyed)

While similar to amblyopia in that one of the eyes does not look directly at the intended visual target, strabismus can actually alternate eyes that the brain seems to arbitrarily receive signals from.The unused eye will then either turn inward or outward, which are most commonly referred to as cross-eyed or wall-eyed, respectively. Furthermore, strabismus isn’t always a full-time issue – in some patients it can be intermittent, which can make it difficult for parents to understand that it is a condition that should be looked into right away. In many cases of strabismus, the brain will eventually choose to only receive signals from a more dominant eye, which will then lead to amblyopia.

Should your child display symptoms from any of the above visual issues or any others, please contact Kids Choice Dental right away to make an appointment.