Most importantly, as always, is prevention
… especially when we talk about the eyes and the vision of our children!
Identifying the warning signs and symptoms of any potential vision problem as early as possible is the best way to prevent risks. Setting up a proper therapeutic-rehabilitation program, in cases of strabismus or amblyopia, is obviously just as important.
You can make a diagnosis – and set up proper therapy – even in the first year of life!
Small, healthy and beautiful eyes. I mean, happy kids!
The most frequent visual defects in pediatric age are Strabismus and Amblyopia (the so-called “lazy eye”).
In both cases it is important to know that an early diagnosis and a timely therapeutic-rehabilitative approach can lead to excellent functional results.
Visual defects are not diseases of the eye but represent a certain conformation of the eyeball.
This conformation can be caused by hereditary factors, which is why an ophthalmology examination in pediatric age, starting around 3 years, is particularly recommended for those children whose family members have been or still are wearers of glasses or contact lenses.
The visual defects found in kids are obviously the same as in adulthood, although their management and correction follows different rules, which take into account both the evolution of the child’s eye and the influence that such defects may have on the development of visual function.
Nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or amblyopia may be present in a child even at an early age