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Pediatric Eye Exams

The brain cells that control our vision are not fully developed when we are born and continue to develop throughout the first decade of life.  Some experts estimate that approximately 5-10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems.  Therefore, your child’s first eye exam should be at the age of three or sooner if you see signs of a problem.  Children with vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more often.  Common risk factors for vision problems include: Premature birth, Developmental delays, Turned or crossed eyes, Family history of eye disease, History of eye injury, Other physical illness or disease.  Early identification of a child’s vision problem is crucial because if left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss.

Early eye exams are important because children need the following basic visual skills for learning: Near vision, Distance vision, Eye teaming (binocularity) skills, Eye movement skills, Focusing skills, Focusing skills, Peripheral awareness, Eye/Hand coordination.

The eye care professionals at Premier Medical specialize in the visual development, care, diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders in children.  They also provide care for eye injuries, which occur more often in children and teens than in any other age group.

To ensure your child’s eyes remain healthy, have their eyes screened every one to two years from a Premier Medical eye professional or during regular pediatric checkups.

Adult Eye Exams

It is recommended that adults, regardless of health or vision ability, get a baseline eye disease screening starting at the age of 40.  This is the time when early signs of disease or changes in vision may start to occur.

A baseline evaluation may detect eye diseases that are much more common in those over 40, like cataracts, glaucoma and retinal diseases.  Nearly everyone will eventually become affected by presbyopia, which is the inability to read at close range.

A thorough ophthalmologic evaluation can reveal common abnormalities of the visual system and related structures, as well as less common but extremely serious ones, such as ocular tumors.  It can also uncover evidence of underlying forms of systemic disease that affect the eyes, like hypertension and diabetes.

If these problems are detected early, treatment and recovery are much more promising.  Premier Medical is equipped to manage the many ocular effects of aging.

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