Children's eyes are not just small versions of adult eyes. They have their own unique qualities as well as possible problems.
From the moment newborns first open their eyes until about 9-years old, both the eyes and brain are constantly developing.
It is especially important that during the critical period of visual development that eye problems be identified if they exist.
It is never too early to have your child's eyes examined. In fact, if the family has a history of eye disease, the infant's eyes should be examined as soon as possible.
Some common eye problems children have are as follows:
- Amblyopia: also known as 'lazy eye', develops in young children and is characterized by decrease in vision.
- Strabismus: also known as 'wandering eye' or misalignment of the eyes. This may cause decreased vision and loss of 3-D perception.
- Color deficiency: also known as 'color blindness'. Individuals with this cannot distinguish between certain colors.
- Refractive error: farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism causing blurry vision.
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