1 in 4 children have a vision problem and may not know it
The eye’s greatest physical development occurs during the first year of life. Since 80 per cent of a child’s learning is based on what he or she sees, excellent sight and eye health are critical to a child’s development. Children who cannot see the blackboard, focus on a picture, or follow words in a book may struggle to achieve their full learning potential.
We offer eye examinations that are tailored to your child. As a child grows, his or her eye muscles will typically strengthen, nerve connections will multiply and your child’s eyes will become stronger and work together more effectively. When examining children, it is important to confirm that the eyes are working together, aligned, eye muscles are strong and there isn’t a large prescription difference between the two eyes. By having regular eye exams, we can help to monitor his or her progress and detect any issues early.
Amblyopia (aka “Lazy Eye”)
Amblyopia or ‘lazy eye’ is a common condition that begins during early childhood and is the most common cause of vision loss in children. This condition occurs when one eye is stronger than the other. The person relies exclusively on the better-seeing eye, resulting in poor visual development of the weaker eye. Not noticing the difference, many of these children accept poor vision and other vision problems as normal and may not complain. If treated early with glasses, patching, or vision therapy, amblyopia often resolves completely. Alternatively, if left unchecked or untreated, amblyopia can lead to permanent loss of vision in the affected eye.
Strabismus (aka “crossed eyes”)
Strabismus is another condition that appears during early childhood and prevents both eyes from focusing on the same object at the same time. This condition can also be treated with glasses, patching, prisms, vision therapy or surgery. In time, if this alignment problem is not corrected, the weak eye will not develop a strong connection to the brain since is it largely unused, and will become lazy (amblyopic) resulting in permanent vision loss.
Humber Bay Eyecare
2129 Lakeshore Blvd. W.,
Etobicoke, ON M8V 0B3
Dr. Shala Lakhani