EYE CARE :: Visual Screening and Eye Examinations
Eye Examinations and Visual Screening
When are eye examinations necessary?
Any problems a child may experience with his/her vision may disrupt the development of visual pathways to the brain. A critical stage of visual binocular development occurs between birth and age 3 to 6 months, during which time the brain must receive clear visual messages from both eyes. Early detection and treatment can prevent loss of vision, learning difficulties, and delayed development.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have recommended the following screening stages:
Children often cannot tell you when they are having problems with their vision. Visual screening helps to identify those children who may need further eye examinations and testing. The earlier the detection of vision problems, the more successful the treatment. Always discuss eye examinations and visual screening with your child's physician.
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