Pediatric Vision Care

http://ts2.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=4871970941698237&id=eaa344283ce367a5a3c8543b71129cfcOur office is committed to focusing on clear, healthy vision for the whole family.  That is why our goal is to increase awareness and detection of vision problems in young children. The earlier a child’s vision problems are detected, the more responsive the visual system is to treatment, and the more likely a child may avoid or reduce their dependence on glasses later on.

We recommend all children begin receiving eye examinations by their 1st birthday, with an optometrist, or sooner if your child shows signs of lazy eye, crossed eyes and other focusing problems, or if there is a family history of poor eyes. For other age recommendations, please see our guide below.

Age Recommendations for Routine Pediatric Eye Care

Birth - 12 months At Birth, an overall assessment is performed by your pediatrician to rule out obvious physical defects. Our doctors highly recommend a comprehensive vision exam by 12 months. The InfantSEE program provides a no-cost eye exam on your child from 6-12 months of age.
2 - 5 years It is recommended that a child be re-examined by age 3 to ensure visual development is progressing normally, and then again before starting school.  Most of a child’s learning at this age occurs visually. Although screenings may be performed by the pediatrician or the school nurse, there are multiple problems that often go undetected without a professional eye exam.
5 - 18 years It is recommended that school age children be examined yearly.  This is especially important for children who wear contact lenses or require visual correction with glasses.  Children failing to progress educationally or exhibiting reading difficulties may need to be examined more frequently.

*Squinting, holding reading material close to the face, avoidance of visual tasks, inattention, and poor school performance are some telltale signs that your child might have vision problems. Don't rely on your child to tell you he or she is having problems. Most children assume everyone else sees what they do.

InfantSEE

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is a program in which optometrists will provide a one time, comprehensive eye assessment to infants between six and twelve months of age, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income. Through the InfantSEE program, we hope to prevent and help reduce the threat of serious vision impairments. The Infantsee assessment is not designed to compete with or be a substitute for the well-baby infant examinations provided by your pediatrician, but rather is a useful adjunct to traditional pediatric care.

http://ts4.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=4992766890738063&id=76bf403ebae15d1481ca5183f6b4475dDid you know?

  • 1 in 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed vision problems.
  • Amblyopia - Often referred to as lazy eye is a leading cause of vision loss in people younger than 45 and will affect 1 in 30 children.
  • 56% of mothers and expectant mothers are not certain of when the most critical age is for the development of eyesight.
  • 97% of mothers say they do everything they can to ensure their child's health, yet only 13% of mothers with children younger than two years of age have taken their babies to an eye and vision care professional for a regular check-up or well care visit.

Please visit www.infantsee.org for more information.  If you have a child between six and twelve months of age, please call today to schedule an InfantSEE assessment at 518.792.2345.


Performance Sports Vision

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=4760409160548676&id=bd53a168e6b8d4fe9c2c2d250dd0b1a8The role of vision in sports performance has recently become another area for sports enthusiasts to enhance their performance. Performance on the playing field is directed primarily by our vision. How we are able to see and interpret visual information determines how quickly and accurately we can perform. If you are looking for that competitive edge, we have the technology to help you succeed. Rec Specs has been the leader in the growing national movement promoting eye safety during scholastic and recreational sports.

http://www.libertysport.com/images/about-1-pic16.jpgThe impact of a ball or other equipment as well as an opponent's hands and elbows pose a threat to an athlete's visual safety. According to a 2001 report by Prevent Blindness of America, there are over 38,000 sports-related eye injuries requiring costly emergency room care. This number could potentially skyrocket when you consider the treatment of eye injuries in a private practitioner's office. As sports participation statistics continue to climb, and newly identified "extreme" sports gain in popularity, the number of athletes who fall victim to eye injuries has the potential to grow at alarming rates. School-aged competitors are particularly prone to eye injuries since their athletic skills (hand-eye coordination, balance, reaction time and speed) are still being developed. However, regardless of an individual's age or skill level, every athlete's eyes are targets for injury. Under most circumstances, at least 90% of sports-related eye injuries are preventable with the proper use of protective sports eyewear.

We at Drs. Kline, Boyd and Chivers are committed to educating patients on protective sports eyewear which are designed to prevent eye injuries.