Why children shouldn’t skip preschool vision screenings during COVID-19

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Featured, Health & Wellness

Published on August 19, 2020 with No Comments

Vision screenings are crucial in preschool years because young children may not be able to describe vision problems to their parents. Small kids may not even be aware that they’re not seeing as well as they should.

Screenings can help catch problems early, while vision is still developing. Misalignment, refractive errors, and other problems that block healthy vision in a developing eye may still be improved or corrected during in the first five to seven years of a child’s life. But if early signs are missed or overlooked, there’s no going back.

The Academy recommends that all children have their eyes checked at regular intervals, even if they have no symptoms. Kids should be referred to an ophthalmologist if they show signs of:

• misaligned eyes (strabismus)

• “lazy eye” (amblyopia)

• refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism) or

• another focusing problem

If the pediatrician finds that the child might have amblyopia or another eye problem, they will send the child to an ophthalmologist for further testing.

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