Your child may be experiencing problems with their vision if they:
- Squint a lot
- Rub their eyes frequently
- Sit very close to the television
- Avoid close up activities such as reading
- Often lose their place while reading
- Need to use their finger as a guide while reading
- Hold reading material too close to their face
- Complain of frequent headaches
- Complain of double vision
- Cover one eye while looking at things
- Frequently tilt their head to one side
- Have a misaligned eye
Amblyopia is an eye teaming problem, often referred to as a “lazy eye”. When the brain receives two different images from each eye rather than one unified image, the brain attempts to simplify the process and begins to ignore the signals from one eye. This causes poor development within the vision processing unit in the brain.
We carry Shaw lenses: a speciality lens designed to help correct certain types of amblyopia. The use of Shaw lenses improves eye teaming, when compared to patching therapy, and also eliminates the embarrassment or anxiety of wearing an eye patch.
Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes, causing one eye to point upward, downward, outward, or inward while the other points forward. This problem occurs due to uneven tension in the eye muscles or a neurological issue. Strabismus may develop into amblyopia if left untreated.
More commonly known as nearsightedness, myopia is a refractive error that is becoming more common among children. When the eyeball is too long in relation to the curvature of the cornea, it causes light to focus on a point in front of the retina, rather than directly on it. As a result, the child cannot see distant objects clearly.