The Test That May Help Your Child Pass All the Rest
For many, the first day of school is quickly approaching, and parents know there is so much to be done to make sure that their child has all of the tools to succeed. A key part of this success starts with healthy eyesight in the classroom. Did you know that about 80 percent of learning in a child’s first 12 years comes through the eyes?
- Amblyopia or “lazy eye” – the most common cause of visual impairment in children. As the brain develops and receives diminished images from the affected eye, it begins to suppress those images and favor the unaffected eye. If this condition persists, the weaker eye may become useless. Amblyopia becomes more difficult to treat effectively as the child becomes older.
Strabismus or “crossed eyes” – a condition where eyes are misaligned, or do not line up with each other. This problem is caused when the muscles do not work together. Strabismus may eventually lead to amblyopia. Approximately one in 50 children has strabismus.
Eye problems like amblyopia or strabismus are most successfully treated prior to age 6. If left until the child is older, the child may have good vision in only one eye for the remainder of their lifetime. That is why a continuum of eye care throughout the lifespan beginning at birth and including regular vision screenings and comprehensive eye exams is so important.
Now is the time for parents to hit the books as well to learn more about how to ensure healthy eyesight for their kids. By visiting “Star Pupils” parents can receive free information on everything from common eye conditions in children to tips on how to protect eyes from injury while playing sports.
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