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The first professional exam should be at age 10-12 months to avoid the development of a “lazy eye,” also known as amblyopia. Very few people are born with perfect vision today. While it would be nice to be called “eagle eye” your whole life, most people will end up with some form of optical correction to see better at some time in their life. Often, people will not be aware that they do not see well until they have a professional examination, or at least, a school or drivers license screening.
ChromaGen Lenses can help!
When it comes to alternatives for correcting children’s eyes for seeing blurry, you have choices. Of course, glasses are a first line of correction and offer ease and safety when the proper materials are used. Consider contact lenses as a viable alternative for myopia prevention.
A process called, retinoscopy, is performed with a medical flashlight by the doctor to determine myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. This requires significant skill, patience, and the ability for a child to stay still momentarily while watching a cartoon.
The very front of the eye is a clear transparent structure that has no blood vessels. The shape of the eye most often determines what or if a child needs a spectacle or contact lens correction. The presence of astigmatism (curvature difference on the front of the eye) and other anomalies like keratoconus (the cornea being shaped like a cone and offering distorted or poor vision) is measured with an Auto-Keratometer, or an instrument call a corneal topographer is make a topographical map of the cornea.
Checking the intraocular pressure of the eye is called Tonometry. A disease called Glaucoma can be detected if the pressure is elevated. Various instruments can measure eye pressure. Brill Eye Center uses the Ocular Response Analyzer, which currently is the most gentle and most accurate instrument on the market.
An auto-refractor is a high-tech instrument used to approximate what the refractive error is in an objective manner (without the need for patient responses) as closely as possible. The quality of these autorefractors over the years has improved greatly. It acts as a starting point to determine the prescription for glasses, which is completed with the patient’s subjective responses.
To assess a patient’s ocular motility, a fixation device (which could be letters on a tongue depressor), is moved from left to right in up gaze, straight ahead, and in down gaze. Any unsmooth, jerky, or incomplete movements could mean that a muscle is potentially paralyzed or physically restricted.
Face it, children don't often have the best hygiene. They play in the dirt, then rub their eyes, etc. They get colds and their noses get sniffly, and viruses and bacteria contaminate the eyes and eyelids. Analysis of the infection allows doctors to prescribe the correct medicine or other remedies. Rather than guessing about why a child has a corneal infection or abrasion, Dr. Brill makes a definitive diagnosis. The diagnosis drives the treatment program instead of a shotgun approach performed by non-eye doctors. Antibiotics should be used very judiciously to avoid over prescribing and the development of resistant bugs.
The Daytona Optomap Panoramic Widefield retinal photograph has made examination of the inside of the eyes straight forward. Analysis can reveal and detect terrible conditions like cancer as well as minor defects in the eye. In fact, the technology was invented by a Scottish engineer Doug Anderson. His 5-year-old went blind from a retinal detachment. As such, he developed technology that would save the eyesight and lives of thousands of patients a year.
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Kids are not just small adults
Kids do not say, “Mom, please bring me to Dr. Brill so I can see what to do about why I see 20/80 in my right eye and 20/30 out of my left.” They have to have regular routine exams like their regular well-baby checkups.
Development of binocular skills takes time and refractive error can change rapidly
Brain development is coordinated with visual development. If there is any interruption in the development due to sickness or hereditary defects, the visual system will be disrupted.
Amblyopia can be prevented
Amblyopia is the condition where one eye does not develop properly, causing a difference in visual capability. Sometimes it is due to a significant disparity in optical correction and sometimes accompanied by a turned eye.