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Tips on Helping Your Preschooler’s Vision Development Hero

Tips on Helping Your Preschooler’s Vision Development

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Clear eyesight is essential to your preschool child’s social and learning development. Between 2 and 5 years of age, they use their sense of seeing to learn new things. They largely depend on their vision to develop their oculo-motor coordination, recognition skills, and literacy abilities.

Vision Development

With these in mind, Park Slope Eye emphasizes the importance of maintaining your preschool child’s eyesight. Our reliable pediatric eye doctor in Brooklyn, NY, shares some steps you can take to help their vision development.

Be Familiar with Telltale Signs of Vision Problems

At this age, your child will not be able to realize that they have visual impairments. That said, it is important to be observant and keen on their habits. Squinting and sitting too close to the TV are two of the most common signs of seeing difficulties. You may also watch out for frequent rubbing of the eyes, tilting of their heads, or increased sensitivity to glare. Children with poor vision may also avoid eye-hand-body activities, such as biking, dancing, or coloring.

Know the Difference Between Vision Screening and Vision Examination

Most schools conduct a vision screening for preschool students. However, this is only a limited assessment used to check if your child may or may not have a vision problem. This is why we recommend having your child undergo a comprehensive eye examination as well.

At Park Slope Eye, we can perform various tests and procedures to evaluate their eye structures. This will help in the early detection of potential visual problems, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. We may prescribe wearing eyeglasses in Brooklyn, NY, to help them see better and to improve their quality of life.

Maintain Their Healthy Lifestyle

We also encourage preparing nutritious food for your child, such as deep water fish, citrus fruits, and orange-colored and green leafy vegetables. They contain various nutrients that help maintain your child’s eyesight. Although preschoolers can be picky eaters, combining colorful foods on their plate may entice them to eat such. We also suggest playing with them to help them develop their hand-eye coordination, such as ball throwing and catching. We advise allowing them to play outdoors with other kids as well.

Most importantly, we recommend visiting your trusted eye specialists regularly. We combine our knowledge, skills, and state-of-the-art technologies to provide superior eye care services for you and your family. From eye exams to dry eye treatment in Brooklyn, NY, we can help.

For more vision care tips or other eyesight concerns, call us today at (347) 380-7070. You can also send us an e-mail at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.


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  • Written by Justin Bazan

    Dr. Justin Bazan is a 2004 SUNY College of Optometry graduate. He established Park Slope Eye in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality eyecare and incredible eyewear for the neighborhood. He has a true passion for optometry and stay up to date with the current research and trends. He is active in the profession and holds several leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Bazan is a Park Slope local and can often be seen out in the neighborhood so be sure to say Hi next time you see him!

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