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Why Eye Screening is Important for School-Age Children

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Happy kids photoFrom the time that we are born, our eyesight slowly develops until adulthood. Babies and children, for instance, do not have fully formed vision centers in their brains yet. Good nutrition, regular visits to a health care practitioner and healthy habits are important in ensuring that a child’s vision develops normally. This is why eye screening is very important in key stages of development. Eye screening in children allows for potential problems to be detected and corrected in the early stages.

At the Beach Eye Medical Group, we recognize the importance of early assessment, detection and correction of any vision problems in children. We believe that good vision is important to help young people achieve their dreams. This is why we are committed to helping children living in and around Huntington Beach and Irvine, California, get their vision checked during key life stages.

When should eye screening be done?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends eye screening during the following ages:

  • Newborn: All newborn babies should undergo a professional eye examination by a licensed health care professional. For babies who belong to the high-risk population (i.e. premature, or have signs of other abnormalities, etc.) a pediatric ophthalmologist should be called in for a more comprehensive assessment.
  • Infant: Babies should be re-assessed between the 6th and 12th month of life to check that their eyes are developing normally.
  • Pre-School: Before a child enters school, it is recommended that he/she be seen by a pediatrician or ophthalmologist to check the following:
    • Visual Acuity Test. The child’s ability to adjust to distances (near, middle and far) is assessed. At this stage, some children may be diagnosed as far-sighted but do not necessarily require corrective glasses or intervention.
    • Refractive or Alignment Test. If misaligned or refractive errors are detected by an ophthalmologist, early treatment is recommended to prevent vision deterioration.
  • School-Age: As children are expected to fully utilize their eyesight, it is crucial for them to undergo eye screening just before starting formal school. A common finding is nearsightedness or myopia, which can be easily corrected with eyeglasses.

While some schools do offer vision screening, these screenings are not as thorough as a comprehensive eye examination like the ones we offer at Beach Eye Medical Group. More often than not, a routine vision screening only assesses the child’s ability to read small letters on a chart. This is simply not enough to detect other, potentially more serious eye conditions that may affect a child’s ability to read, track or focus.

Comprehensive eye screenings for children

The expert eye care team at Beach Eye Medical Group offers comprehensive eye and vision screening at any of the crucial childhood stages mentioned above. Our team of licensed ophthalmologists, optometrists, and eye surgeons are trained in handling and assessing any eye-related diseases found in children.

At Beach Eye Medical Group, we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure. Visit either of our facilities in Irvine or Huntington Beach, California, to find out more about our school eye screening procedures.

Knowledge is Power – A Child’s First Eye Exam

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Girl wears glasses photo 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

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  • 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!