Childrenís Eyesight
Monday, January 26, 2009

Thereís nothing quite like looking into your childís eyes. But while youíre busy gazing at your young one, pay attention to his or her eyesight. Early detection and treatment of eye problems are essential to a childís visual health. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about childrenís vision in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Itís difficult to know how well a newborn can see.  Itís estimated that a newbornís vision is quite blurry until about 6 months of age. After that, vision improves rapidly. When does your child need to have the first eye examination?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following:

∑ Newborns should be checked for general eye health by a pediatrician or family physician in the hospital nursery.

∑ In the first year of life, all infants should be routinely screened for eye health during well-baby visits with their doctors.

∑ Around the age of 3 1/2, children should undergo eye health screenings and visual acuity tests.

∑ Around the age of 5, children should have their vision and eye alignment evaluated by their doctor. An eye specialist should examine children who fail either test.

If you detect any evidence of eye conditions, your child should be examined immediately so that the problem doesnít become permanent. If caught early, eye conditions can often be reversed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.