THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES
Being a parent myself I understand the joy of seeing your child grow and having all of their firsts. Their first crawl, walk, words, real food etc. For Baby Piper’s parents, having had their child fit for glasses allows her to see them clearly for the first time. They will always remember the way their child’s face lit up as she saw them clearly for the first time EVER!
As parents we want the best for our children. We record every moment we can and cherish the memories we will make with them. With all of these memories and “firsts” many parents find it difficult to take their children for routine eye exams until their children are in grade school. Being proactive can help your child see better which can lead to better overall development and growth.
There are over 23 million children who experience vision problems. As a parents you know how important it is to have routine doctor’s appointments as your child grows to ensure proper health and development. Eye doctor’s appointments are often over looked leaving over 86% of children not have their first eye exam until they enter the first grade. Taking into account that 10% of children between ages 0 and 4 have vision problems this leaves many children with difficulty seeing throughout the early years of their lives.
Another benefit to routine eye doctor’s appointments as your children grow up is that 7-12% of children have eye problems that can lead to permanent loss of vision if not detected early. Did you know that 95% of those problems are completely correctable with early detection?
Remember as your experience all of your “firsts” with your young ones that you remember the importance of eye health. Having a yearly checkup can change the way that your child looks at the world and can help them to see their “firsts” as clearly as you do!
About the author: John D. Bissell, owner of Bissell Eye Care and Tri-State Low Vision Services, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify. The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.