The Importance of Eye Exams for Children
By Jeffrey Schultz on January 27, 2013
While most parents are vigilant about maintaining yearly physicals for their children and keeping their immunizations up to date, many do not bring their children to an eye doctor unless they suspect a vision problem. It is very important to schedule eye exams when children are young so that potential problems can be detected and treated in their earliest stages. Cleveland optometrist Jeffrey E. Schultz recommends that eye exams become a regular part of health maintenance in patients as young as three years old.
Eye exams are vital in allowing Dr. Schultz to detect any vision problems or other eye complications. Many eye problems do not immediately produce symptoms that are noticeable to a patient. This can be especially true in children, who may not recognize when something unusual is happening with their eyes or eyesight, or who may not be able to express the problem. With an eye exam, Dr. Schultz can detect any problems and recognize any indicators of an infection or other type of eye condition. For these reasons, it is especially important to start eye care at a young age and schedule routine eye exams every one or two years.
At Lifetime Eye Care, we have experience working with young children. Their comfort is our top priority. Dr. Schultz makes sure that every eye exam is a painless and comfortable experience. Every eye exam will be customized based on the patient’s age and needs. In general, a children’s eye exam will consist of tests of vision, alignment, and general health. In addition, we use the time spent at the eye exam to keep your child informed of their eye health, giving them information that is age-based.
If any problems are detected during your child’s eye exam, they have the benefit of beginning treatment immediately. The most common problem detected in children is poor eyesight. When children have problems with their vision, it can make participation in school, sports, and other social events difficult. Dr. Schultz offers his patients in Cleveland eyewear that is both practical and stylish so that your child will be proud to wear glasses, rather than embarrassed. Many of our patients are surprised to learn that contact lenses can also be an option for some patients starting between the ages of eight and ten.
If Dr. Schultz identifies the presence of other ocular conditions, he will recommend treatment that is appropriate for each unique case. Some treatments will be conducted at our practice under Dr. Schultz’s supervision. If more extensive treatment, such as surgery, is required, Dr. Schultz will refer you to a specialist in the Cleveland area who works with children.
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Beginning eye care when your child is young gives them the best chance of maintaining eye health and getting the best care as soon as it is needed. Dr. Jeffrey E. Schultz is an experienced optometrist who can be trusted to provide quality eye care for your entire family. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Schultz at your earliest convenience.
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