SAN DIEGO, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Summer is almost over and for most kids it's that back to school time. For parents and children, this means focusing on what's on their "to do" list that not only includes school supply shopping, but the important pediatrician/doctor visits. What is just as critical as these doctor appointments are vision appointments. During the typical doctor check-up, a thorough eye exam is not given and many parents do not realize that vision problems can be quite prevalent in children. 1
In California, children are required to have a vision screening; however, they are not required to undergo an eye examination if that screening shows any failed results. It is estimated that as many as 2/3 of the children identified with vision issues during screening never see eye care professionals as recommended.2
"Eye exams should begin in the preschool years as parents and children may not be aware they are having any difficulty", says Dr. Sandy T. Feldman of ClearView Eye & Laser Medical Center, a leading San Diego Lasik and eye surgery practice. "What is quite surprising to many, is that 20/20 vision does not mean that child has no visual issues," continued Dr. Feldman. "Making an appointment to have a comprehensive eye exam should definitely be on every parents back to school list," the doctor stated. As many as one in four school age children has a vision problem severe enough to affect classroom learning.3 And in children, already labeled as having a learning disability, this number may be as high as 60%.3
Some simple and important tips that parents should look for in their children include the following:
Squinting or closing one eye
Difficulty playing sports which require depth perception
Holding reading materials extremely close to the face
Turning in or out of one or both eyes
Family history of "lazy" eye or "thick glasses"
History of red eyes
As a leader in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Feldman has participated in FDA clinical studies of custom LASIK. Currently, she is involved in studies of a new treatment to halt the progression of keratoconus, a disease in which the fitting of contact lenses can become challenging. In 2009, she was one of ten laser eye care providers in the U.S. to receive the Goldline Award as seen Forbes Magazine. In 2010, she was awarded the Silver Elite RealSelf award, and in 2011, she was awarded Top Doc San Diego, inducted into the prestigious American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons and was one of nation's 15 leading laser eye surgeons as seen in Newsweek magazine. Dr. Feldman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
1. National Institute of Health. National Eye Institute. Vision in Preschoolers Study. NEI Clinical Studies.
2. Donahue S, Johnson T, Leonard-Martin T. Screening for amblyogenic factors using a volunteer lay network and the MTI PhotoScreener: Initial results from 15,000 preschool children in a statewide effort". Ophthalmology 107:9:1637-44.
3. American Foundation for Vision Awareness.
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