Vision, eye health and eye alignment are the three pillars of a full eye exam. Even if someone sees well, the health of the front and inside of the eyes needs to be monitored. Here are a few common, easily treatable conditions that might come up at an eye exam:
The shape of the front surface of the eye is flatter one way around, and more curved the other way, similar to a football or an egg. The shape of the eye affects the way an image focuses (or doesn’t focus).
Nearsighted (myopia) means that someone can more easily see near when not wearing their glasses, and farsighted (hyperopia) is the opposite.
Also called depth perception, this is the ability to notice and distinguish three-dimensional space. Being aware of how close/far an object is compared to another is key for coordination, as well as confidence in moving one’s body.
Vision is learned; we are not born seeing 20/20. If something interferes with this development process, their brain may have trouble seeing clearly, even in glasses.
School screenings are great, but they are not comprehensive. Be sure to schedule your children’s yearly comprehensive vision and eye health evaluations.
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David A. Hackett, OD, FCOVD
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