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Children's Eye Care

Child eye health is very important, as detection of any eye conditions early is vital to the result of treatment or intervention.

Eye issues that are diagnosed, managed and/or treated include:

Refractive error

This includes short sightedness (myopia), long sightedness (hypermetropia) and/or astigmatism, the result is blurry or distorted images.  Parents will usually notice their child squinting or sitting closer to the television/computer screen.

 

Strabismus

Crossed eyes or turned eyes. One or both eyes can be turned in, out, upwards our downwards, this could be on occasion or all of the time. Early intervention is important to ensure best results of better vision.

 

Amblyopia 

Also known as ‘lazy eye’. This is reduced vision in one eye due to abnormal visual development; it usually develops from birth-7 years of age.  The brain fails to process inputs from one eye and therefore favours one eye over the other.

 

Congenital glaucoma 

Occurs in babies and young children. This condition may be inherited but is quite rare.

Congenital cataracts

This is the clouding of the lens in the eye at birth, it can occur in one or both eyes. There are multiple things that can cause congenital cataracts, such as:

  • Infections

  • drug reactions

  • inflammation

  • trauma

  • diabetes

  • metabolic problems

  • infection

  • inherited

Eye infections

The most common infections in children’s eyes are viral and bacterial conjunctivitis. Both are contagious and should be treated within a couple of days of presentation of red and/or itchy eyes.

Eye injuries

any trauma to the eye even if minor can cause vision problems, therefore an eye examination as soon as possible is highly recommended. 

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