Checking your child’s vision is an important part of a well child visit.  We always want to identify children who need glasses as early as possible.  However, did you know there is an eye disease that can cause permanent vision loss if not caught and treated as early as possible?  That disease is called amblyopia.

Amblyopia is a disease where the eye fails to work properly with the brain.  Treatment requires the brain to be trained to work effectively with the eye.  Once a child reaches the age of five it is more difficult to treat and can make the vision loss permanent. 

The challenge is working with younger kids to assess vision problems.  It can be tough and time consuming.  Children do not always follow instruction enough to tell us if they can see the pictures or not during a routine eye chart exam.  Therefore, identifying vision problems in very young children can be a hit or miss.

This year Cradle thru College has begun routinely using photo screening with our 1 to 5 year old patients to detect visual abnormalities.  The test can be used with patients as young as 6 months old.  The best part is that it does not rely on the child’s cooperation to work.  We use a smart phone application to take a picture of your child’s eyes to detect any visual defects. Therefore we can refer a child to an ophthalmologist for treatment years before a parent might recognize the issue with their child’s sight.

We are proud to offer this test to all our young patients during their well child checkups and we know that it is the most effective eye test available today.

For more information on amblyopia please read this article from the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

Children’s Mercy – Cradle Thru College Care
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