Pediatric Screenings at VEI (and why they're important) - Virginia Eye Institute

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Pediatric Screenings at VEI (and why they’re important)


Learning to care for your child’s eyesight can be a daunting task. Approximately 6.8% of children under the age of 18 in the United States have a diagnosed eye or vision condition according to the CDC. Here at VEI, we want to make sure you have all of the tools you need to ensure your child’s eyesight is well cared for without it being a stressful process.

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Why are eye screenings important for children?

Vision screenings at your child’s well visits and in school are important for eye health. These screening can catch initial problems that would need to be looked at more closely by an ophthalmologist. Without treatment, many of these initial problems that can be corrected could lead to more serious eye conditions and vision problems.

As children reach school age, eye sight can also impact learning. This is especially a concern with remote learning, as there is not a classroom environment available to the child that might recognize these concerns more quickly.

Here’s a video of Dr. Marcus explaining the importance of exams and what to do if your child fails a vision screening.

What steps should you be taking to ensure the safety of your children’s eyesight?

The most important step is to make sure they are receiving regular screenings for their vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has a detailed screening schedule on their website with a breakdown of what the screenings are looking for at each age range.

If you are concerned about your child’s eyesight, please schedule a screening with VEI today.

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