Adults may envy the opportunities children have to see so many things in life for the first time. But clear, well-developed eyesight is not guaranteed, and kids can encounter a variety of potential obstacles to normal visual acuity and development. If you want to make sure your child gets every chance to see the world clearly and correctly, the pediatric eye exams offered at Lakeside Eye Associates can help you achieve that goal.
Challenges To Children's Eyesight
Many of the things we do effortlessly and without conscious effort in adulthood were actually learned in childhood, from walking to talking. Vision is another learned ability. Newborn infants can't make objects out clearly because they have yet to establish coordinated communications between the eyes and the vision center of the brain. Skills such as focusing, eye teaming and eye tracking may take months to fully develop. But if functional issues or vision problems get in the way of that process, eyesight may develop imperfectly. For example, strabismus (abnormal eye alignment) may cause double vision to the point that the brain simply discounts one eye's input. This condition, called amblyopia, can seriously impair depth perception.
A lifetime of optimal vision begins with proper eye care in childhood, so don't put off those important pediatric eye exams. Call Lakeside Eye Associates at 704-896-3311 to schedule your child's next checkup!