Strabismus, also known as crossed eyes, is a common condition in which the eyes don't properly line up with each other. About four percent of all children are born with this condition, which can be corrected with either eyeglasses or surgery.
Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is one eye having decreased vision because of abnormal visual development at a very young age. It happens when nerve pathways between the eye and the brain aren't stimulated properly. This makes the brain favor one eye, leaving the other one to develop poorly. We can treat the lazy eye with glasses, eye patches, eye drops, or sometimes surgery.
Back to school can mean back to playing sports for many kids, but this can pose a real danger to your child's eyesight if it's not protected. Sports injuries are a leading cause of blindness in children, and almost all of them can be prevented with the right eye protection. We carry a wide variety of protective eyewear for athletes of all ages, playing all sports. Check with your school or sports league to make sure eye protection is required during all practice and gameplay. If it's not required, you have a right to insist on your child's eyes being protected, and our optometrist can help by advising the right type of protection.
Success at school, whether it's reading books or excelling at sports, depends on being able to see clearly. Good vision is the key to academic success and well-being for your child. Start your child on the road to success by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam today. Give us a call at (715) 381-1234 and we'll arrange a child-friendly visit to our office that fits in with your busy schedule.