Most childhood eye diseases are treatable diseases. Since vision problems that cannot be treated in childhood can impair eye health in the future, it is necessary to pay attention to eye complaints in childhood ages.
Vision development in childhood is generally completed between the ages of 7 and 10. Visual disturbances from birth to this time may only be noticed briefly, mainly because young children cannot fully explain their complaints.
What is the importance of eye examination at a young age?
Vision assessment and follow-up are necessary for the timely diagnosis of eye diseases that can be treated early in children.
An initial examination should be performed for diagnoses such as congenital cataracts, blockages in the tear ducts, and congenital glaucoma within 1-2 months after childbirth. Following the child’s birth, regular eye examinations should be performed during infancy, kindergarten, and school years to check their vision levels and detect the early diagnosis of fundamental problems.
We can list the eye disorders seen in children as follows:
- Cataract in Infants and Children – Congenital Cataract
- Amblyopia – Lazy Eye
- Tear Duct Congestion
- Retinopathy of Prematurity
- Eye Pressure (Glaucoma)