Children have the same risk for eye conditions and diseases as adults do, although the specific ones are not necessarily the same. At Optical Outlets, you can depend on our pediatric optometrist Sarasota for the diagnosis and treatment of common concerns like amblyopia, congenital cataracts, strabismus, and nearsightedness.
Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is when one eye is weaker than the other. It is not dangerous, but there is the threat that it can become a permanent condition if it is not addressed in a timely manner. The problem is traced back to a connection between the eyes and the brain, and how one eye’s images is being given priority. A related issue is strabismus, or crossed eyes. It is sometimes causes by amblyopia, or it may develop on its own. Double vision may occur later in life if it is not treated promptly by our pediatric optometrist Sarasota. You might associate cataracts with being older, but children can get it, too. In fact, even infants can be born with this disease. Usually, the reason is poor development, infection, or injury in the womb. Cataracts is a progressive disease, resulting in blurry or cloudy vision, and a feeling as if there is a film over the eyes. Children are not always able to articulate or even be aware that they have these problems, so that’s why an examination by our pediatric optometrist Sarasota is essential. Nearsightedness may be the most common of all, and the easiest to address. If your child is sitting too close to the television, holding reading material up to his or her face, or squinting, the cause may very well be nearsightedness. A pair of eyeglasses is all that is necessary to improve her or his vision.
All children should be examined for the first time before starting school. Call us to arrange an appointment.