Every parent wants their child to be happy and healthy, but there may come a time where they develop a specific ailment or illness. When it comes to the eyes, there a variety of conditions that your child can develop over the years. It is important that you are aware of the common eye problems that affect children, so you know how to treat them. You should know about the following common pediatric eye problems:
Commonly referred to as “lazy eye”, amblyopia is reduced or poor vision in one or both eyes that occurs during early childhood due to lack of proper visual stimulation. Amblyopia can be a result of a variety conditions including strabismus (misalignment of the eyes)a pediatric cataract (which disrupts light passing through the eye), or most commonly a high glasses prescription that is not detected early enough. Amblyopia is much easier to treat when the child is very young, around preschool age. Amplyopia affects two to three percent of Americans.
Hyperopia and Myopia
Hyperopia, referred to as farsightedness, is when a person can see distant objects clearly but has trouble seeing up close. Myopia, referred to as nearsightedness, is the opposite of hyperopia and consists of a person being able to see close objects but having difficulty at distance. Both conditions involve light not focussing on the back of the eye properly. Often, if these conditions are left untreated at a young age, your child can develop amblyopia. s. A common treatment for these conditions include glasses or contacts when the child is old enough to handle them.
This condition, commonly known as pink eye, is either a contagious viral or bacterial infection or an allergic reaction which is not contagious. If your child experiences pink eye, then their eye will appear red and inflamed and there is usually discharge coming out of the tear ducts. If your child has pink eye, they should stay home from school for at least three days to a week depending on the severity of the condition. Once the tearing and discharge have stopped, your child can return to school.
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