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5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Get a Regular Eye Exam

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Future of Pediatric Eye Care – Suggestions on a physician’s guide

  • A child should have at least one comprehensive eye exam by age three.
  • Children should be regularly monitored for behavior that signals difficulty in seeing.

Have you ever seen your child squint when trying to read, move closer to the television or bring objects closer to help them see? As a parent, your automatic instinct may be that your child needs eyeglasses. However, sometimes the signs are not always obvious, and you may not realize that your child could be visually impaired.

Here are 5 reasons why your child should get a regular eye exam:

  1. Inability to see well can affect your child’s ability to read.
    • Researchers discovered children ages 4 and 5 with uncorrected farsightedness (hyperopia-the inability to see objects up close) performed poorly on literacy tests relative to those with normal vision. The results were reported in an NEI-funded study, Vision in Preschoolers-Hyperopia in Preschoolers (VIP-HIP), which conducted a literacy test on 492 preschool-age children to determine reading skills.
  2. Uncorrected refracted error (difficulty seeing far objects or close) is the cause of visual impairment (VI) for most children.
    • A simple check by a vision specialist could help children who experience vision problems by prescribing eyeglasses.
  3. Increasing numbers of children are experiencing vision problems.
    • It was reported that greater than 174,000 three-to-five year olds had VI in 2015. In 2060, a 26 % increase (greater than 220,000 children) in VI is projected.
  4. USC researchers found that VI among multiracial American children between 2015 and 2060 is projected to increase by 137%.
    • 44% VI cases are among Hispanic children by 2060
    • 22% VI cases are among African American children by 2060

  5. The Incidence of childhood myopia (inability to see objects at a distance) among American children has more than doubled over the last 50 years.
    • As reported in the largest study of childhood eye diseases ever undertaken in the U.S. MEPEDS (Multi-ethnic pediatric eye disease study), prevalence of myopia is highest in African-American children as compared to Asian and Hispanic children. Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, principal investigator of the Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Disease (MEPEDS) study and director of the USC Roski Eye Institute, and Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC has brought together a team of world experts to study the array of vision disorders among preschool children. Such comprehensive studies help develop evidence-based guidelines to screen children for common pediatric vision disorders.

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References:

  1. http://eye.keckmedicine.org/?post_type=post_press_release&p=10601
  2. http://eye.keckmedicine.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Summer-2017-Newsletter-Final.pdf
  3. http://eye.keckmedicine.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/USC_UpClose_Winter.compressed.pdf
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