Importance of regular eye check-ups:
They can catch eye problems early, preventing them from getting worse.
They help your child’s eye doctor track their eye health over time.
They ensure your child has the clearest vision possible.
When to take your child for first eye exam:
Think of the first eye exam like enrolling your child in school – it is a necessary step in their development. Children should have their first comprehensive eye exam at around six months of age. This early exam can detect any eye issues that might affect their vision or development.
Examples of eye examination in myopia:
Visual Acuity Test
Your child will read letters or symbols on a chart. This helps determine their visual clarity.
Eye Health Examination
The doctor will check the overall health of your child’s eyes using special instruments.
This test determines if your child needs glasses. They’ll be asked to look through different lenses to find the clearest view.
Eye Alignment and Movement
The doctor will assess how well your child’s eyes work together and track moving objects.
Pupil Response Test
The doctor will shine a light into your child’s eyes to check how their pupils react.
How to interpret eye exam results
Think of interpreting eye exam results as reading a report card. Your eye doctor will explain the findings in simple terms. They’ll let you know if your child needs glasses or if there are any concerns about their eye health. It’s like getting feedback on your child’s progress in school.
By taking your child for regular eye exams, you’re like a guardian guiding your child on his or her journey to healthy vision. It is a simple but crucial step in ensuring children’s eyes stay in good condition.
*Dr Priscilia Imade is CEO, Modern Eye Clinic, Lagos.
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