Importance of Early Diagnosis
Did you know that children should have their first ophthalmology appointment between 3 and 4 years old?
Most causes of poor eyesight are easily corrected if they are diagnosed and treated in time. Many of the vision changes in children can go unnoticed for a long time and which, if not detected in time, can have irreversible consequences. A child’s vision does not fully develop until the age of nine and if a condition such as amblyopia (crossed eyes or strabismus) or lazy eye (which can lead to permanent loss of vision) is diagnosed early, the better the chances of successful recovery. Early screening for vision is very important and, ideally, children’s vision should be tested until they are three or four years old.
Eye tests on children are essential, and they are quick, simple and painless and can help prevent serious problems related to vision in childhood or adulthood.
Vision deficiencies “can inhibit a child’s development in school and performance in the classroom, and the number of” disruptive “children in school is surprising because they have a simple vision problem that distracts them in the classroom.”