Research reveals that about 10 percent of preschoolers and around 25 percent of school-aged kids have vision problems. As a parent, you have to find out early if your kid has any trouble seeing correctly. In fact, the American Optometric Association highly recommends eye exams as early as six months of age, by the time your kid turns three, right before he or she starts school, and then every year after that. Here’s why pediatric eye exams are essential.
When you feel like you can see reasonably clearly, attending a routine eye exam may not seem like a priority, particularly if you have a busy lifestyle with a lot of other commitments. Nevertheless, everyone is recommended to see their eye doctor for a routine exam fairly regularly. In most cases, this will be once every two years, but if you wear prescription lenses to help you to see clearly or if you have any sort of problem with your eyes or health condition that affects them, the frequency of these appointments may be increased.
Glaucoma is a common eye condition that occurs when the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain and is responsible for transmitting messages between the two that allows us to see, becomes damaged. Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States, and in the rest of the world. Estimates suggest that more than 3 million Americans are living with glaucoma.