As youth engage in increased screen time now more than ever, experts are observing an increase in children with dry eye and eye strain. But technology isn’t the only concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 11 million Americans over the age of 12 need vision correction. To stay abreast of eye health, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that pediatricians check children for eye abnormalities. If abnormalities are found, the child should be examined by an ophthalmologist.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus recommend the following schedule:
- Blink and pupil response
- Red reflex testing
6 - 12 Months
- Visually inspect the eyes
12 - 36 Months
- Check for healthy eye alignment and movement
- Photoscreening test to help find problems leading to lazy eye
3 - 5 Years
- Visual acuity testing. Many children are somewhat farsighted (hyperopic).
5 Years and Older
- Screening for visual acuity and alignment. Nearsightedness (myopia) is the most common problem in this age group.
For more information visit --> https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/children-eye-screening
"For my eyes have seen your salvation." Luke 2:30 NIV