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School Screening blog

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Photo two boys with ballsPatients with children will often ask this question. While school screenings serve a great purpose to pick up potential vision problems with kids, they’re not a substitute for a comprehensive eye health examination. There are many pediatric patients who passed school screenings with undiagnosed visual conditions. There are also have many pediatric patients who fail their school screenings, and still wind up having perfect vision at their eye health examination.

Many parents have vision plans, where their children are covered under their insurance for routine eye examinations. If you have any questions about your insurance you should contact the eyecare physician’s staff. They can look up and verify whether your child is eligible for an eye examination. Vision screenings can easily miss eye conditions such as astigmatism, amblyopia, hyperopia, and strabismus. These screenings usually do not check the health of the eyes for any conditions with the retina, cornea, lens, and iris. The doctors at Beach Eye examine children every day. If you’ve been waiting on making sure that your child has excellent vision, and healthy eyes, please give us a call ! Have a great day!

Knowledge is Power – A Child’s First Eye Exam

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

happy patient - pic As every parent knows, there is a seemingly never ending list of “first” experiences with your child. The vast majority of them are fun and enjoyable as your child discovers the world around them and develops their own personality and likes, etc.

But there are also a number of experiences that aren’t necessarily bad, yet might not be as a much fun as playing Angry Birds. One of those things is the first “real” visit to the eye doctor. No kid likes going to the doctor and while the mention of a visit to the eye doctor might not have the same knee-jerk reaction many children have when they hear they’re going to the see a doctor – are needles going to be involved in the visit seems to be the biggest concern – there’s still a wariness about what they’re in for.

Some parents notice may notice some unease on their child’s part when they tell their children they have an upcoming appointment.and for some an eye doctor visit may never generate any fear at all.

Children may have questions like “Why do I have to go to the eye doctor if I can see okay?” These questions can be a segway from an uneasy conversation to a fun learning experience.

Opening up about a parent’s experiences at the eye doctors when they were kids is often very comforting and educational. Parents may tell him about eye charts and eye drops. Opening up about past experiences often instills confidence in the child and makes them feel they are able to do those things too.

Make a pseudo-eye chart and place it on the refrigerator and try backing up to see how far away they can stand and still read it. Parents can go online and look at pictures of eyes and illustrations of the inside of the eye. This will often make the child curious and eager to learn more. Talk about how delicate your eyes are and how important it is to keep them healthy.

Parents can tell that although they know a fair amount about their eyes, that their child could ask the eye doctor any question he or she could think up about their eyes and they’d get an even better answer. As their curiosity grows you will see their confidence growing as well.

By the time you are done talking, they typically are excited and start asking how long till their eye exam.

One of the most basic things about parenting and fear is that when children have even the smallest amount of knowledge and understanding about something of concern for them, their fear disappears faster than the last few M&Ms in the pack.

Empowering your children with your past experiences and providing them with knowledge may not remove all of their worry, but quite often you will see a change in their attitude about the upcoming eye exam.


Signs You Need an Eye Exam

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Snellen chart - pic

  • Headaches: While staring at a computer screen for an extended period of time can cause headaches, loss of vision can also do the same. Trying to hard to concentrate and see will often result in a headache.
  • Getting tired easily: If you begin to notice that you are getting tired quicker , this may be due to a disturbance in your ability to focus. The brain and vision work together, when the eyes work perfectly the brain remains fully active.
  • Light Sensitivity: Sensitivity to light is a good measure of eye health. If the eyes don’t respond to sudden change of light normally it may indicate an eye disorder or some sort of infection.
  • Watery Eyes: If your eyes are constantly watering, there is often some sort of underlying cause.
  • Misjudging distances: If you find yourself often judging distances poorly it may be time for an eye exam!
  • Squinting: Frequent squinting to view objects or words is also a sign that an eye exam in necessary.
  • Sudden blurry vision: Having trouble focusing and sudden blurry vision may indicate serious health problems and should never be ignored. If your vision begins to blur contacts your eye doctor immediately!
  • Obstruction of vision: Sudden floaters or flashes of light followed by obstruction of vision indicates an exam is necessary!
  •  You haven’t had one in two years: If you haven’t had an eye exam in over two years then it’s time to schedule one! Many changes occur to your eyes, making it necessary to stay up to date!