Vision problems have become a common problem in young children, and there are many factors that contributing to this. For example, genetic factors, poor lifestyle or nutrition habits, lack of sleep, and insufficient physical exercise are some of the main reasons leading to problems with child vision in those as young as 3 to 5. If your child is of preschool age, it is important to take them in for vision screenings for the following reasons:
Vision Disorders are Common in Preschoolers
Various vision problems are common among preschoolers. For example, conditions such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), amblyopia (lazy eye) and anisometropia (refractive power variation between right and left eye), can be found in children aged 3 to 5. However, these problems can be corrected as long as they are diagnosed and treated early on.
Risks of Permanent Damage Unless Treated in a Timely Manner
Unless problems are treated during the initial first years of childhood, vision suffering of the eyes can become permanently impaired. Research has proven that many young children suffer from visual disorders, which can result in permanent problems such as amblyopia, anisometropia, astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia, and strabismus. Thus, early detection and treatment of these conditions is necessary in order to prevent and avoid any permanent vision problems. Visual disorders like myopia are very common in preschool age groups, and eyeglasses can be a very useful tool in correcting the problem.
Risks of Visual Disorders Being Ignored
Research and professional experience have shown that parents often remain unaware of visual problems that may be present in their preschool aged children. Even kids who suffer from these disorders themselves may not be aware, as they are not accompanied by any painful or other discomforting symptoms. They are mostly unaware of how they could seeing much better than they currently are. Ignoring such problems in the early years can lead to gradual, or even quick deterioration of eyesight, affecting their academics later on in life.
Chances of Better Prognosis and Outcome
When detected early on, visual problems such as myopia, hyperopia, anisometropia and astigmatism can have a better outcome. These conditions are some of the most common vision problems experienced by children, and can be completely corrected before the age of 5. The chances of a better prognosis and outcome means visiting a professional eye specialist. It is recommended that parents take their kids in for eye testings and checkups to ensure the prevention of additional problems later down the line. In case of a problem with alignment or refractive errors, major underlying ocular issues can be suspected. In such cases, a comprehensive eye testing by an eye M.D may be necessary.
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