Title: Do You See What I See? Early Childhood Vision Screening and Examinations
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Vision disorders, if left untreated, can negatively affect a child’s overall development. Yet, because vision disorders don’t hurt and children don’t know how they should see, vision disorders in children may not be obvious. Learn about the red flags to look for in your child’s visual development, the latest techniques for screening infants, preschoolers and children with special needs for vision problems, the most common childhood vision disorders and treatments and ten things parents can do to foster their child’s visual development.
What if you didn’t know what the colors in a rainbow or the letters in the alphabet or your friends’ faces were supposed to look like – because you had never seen the world any differently than you do right now? What if you saw the world one way, and were confused about what others described – because you never saw things the way they did? For a child with vision disorders, this may be their experience.
“Children do not know how they should see, and vision disorders don’t hurt. So vision disorders in children may not be obvious,” says Dr. Paulette P. Schmidt, O.D., M.S., of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Schmidt is the chair of a major, multi-phase research initiative for the National Eye Institute (NEI) to determine the most effective approaches to early identification of vision disorders in young children.
“Early detection of treatable eye disease in infancy and childhood can have far reaching implications for vision and, in some cases, for general health,” advises the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in a policy statement on vision screening for infants and children. In fact, vision disorders, if not treated, can affect a child’s overall development . . .