When it comes to thinking about our children’s health, vision impairments are probably not the first ailments that come to mind. However, more than 12.1 million school-age children (nearly 25%) have vision impairments.
The American Optometric Association recommends vision testing begin at age 3, though, many children to do receive their first eye exam until after they enter school when symptoms of vision deficiencies may first become apparent. The most common complaint you may hear from a child or his or her teacher is the child having difficulty reading and copying from the board in class. Some other signs that your child might be experiencing impaired vision are:
- Wandering or crossed eyes
- Blurred or double vision
- Headaches or pains in the eyes
- Holding books close to read or sitting to close to the TV
- Sensitivity to light
- Burning, itching, watery eyes or inexplicable redness in the eyes
There are many different conditions that can affect the eyes. However, the most common types of eye problems seen in children are:
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
Most eye problems in children can be corrected if detected and treated early. However, many problems can result in vision loss if left untreated. With this being said, let me take this opportunity to remind you that covered employees of the Montgomery Enterprises vision plan and their covered dependents are eligible to receive an annual eye exam with a network provider for a copay of $10. Benefits for glasses or contacts are also available as defined by our vision plan. To find a network provider in your area, print a copy of your ID card and find benefit information, you may visit www.guardiananytime.com or contact me for assistance.
Teamwork is the ability to work as a group toward a common vision, even if that vision becomes extremely blurry. ~Author Unknown