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Good vision is an important consideration throughout an individual’s life, but it can be a serious problem in children. During the important years of development, children rely on their eyes to help them learn, pick up subtle social cues, engage in games successfully and enjoy hobbies and other activities. However, some children have problems that impact their vision and prevent them from engaging in these activities successfully. An optometrist for kids in Chicago can do testing and diagnosis of these problems, so children can enjoy better vision throughout their growing years.
During a pediatric eye exam, the optometrist will check for a number of different issues that commonly occur in children. These include nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism that causes blurry images, problems of crossed eyes, or lazy eyes that do not track correctly together.
In addition, an exam can detect congenital cataracts in children or other health problems that affect the eyes, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, neurological diseases or autoimmune system disorders. If such a problem is suspected, your optometrist can refer you to a medical specialist that can investigate the problem and provide appropriate treatment, so that the condition does not negatively affect the child’s vision.
Many parents are surprised to learn that their children’s vision can be tested even before they begin to talk. Special techniques and equipment are used to detect vision problems in very young children to ensure they can see normally and to find problems with tracking, eye muscle coordination, and other issues.
Your child’s pediatric optometrist in Chicago can find vision problems and prescribe corrective lenses, recommend eye muscle exercises or determine if eye surgery is needed to correct an issue to ensure normal vision.
Conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are called “refractive errors.” These occur when the shape of the cornea does not focus images correctly on the retina at the back of the eye. Corrective lenses help to re-shape the image that is sent to the retina so that it is focused more accurately. If your child needs eyeglasses, the optometrist will provide a prescription for correction and will help you to provide the right eyeglasses for your child’s needs. Children can begin wearing contact lenses around the age of 10 to 12 when they can manage the special care techniques to care for these lenses. Your optometrist can advise you on whether your child is ready for contact lenses.
We understand that pediatric optometry is a critical part of ensuring children’s success in academics, athletics and all other areas of their development. With a friendly attitude and state-of-the-art technology, Eye Society can ensure that your child enjoys clear vision to help them succeed. Eye Society offers two locations for your convenience.
Contact Eye Society today at 312-631-3247 in Chicago’s Loop or 312-640-2405 in Streeterville for an appointment to have your child’s eye checked to ensure better vision.
Streeterville - 230 E Ohio St, Suite #120
Loop - 1 West Wacker Drive