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What You Should Know About Low Vision in Children Hero

What You Should Know About Low Vision in Children

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Problems with your child’s vision should be dealt with as soon as possible because poor vision can interfere with the child’s learning and development. One vision condition you should understand is pediatric low vision. This refers to partial vision loss that cannot be corrected. Your expert pediatric eye doctor explains more:

What You Should Know About Low Vision in Children

What Is Low Vision?

A person with low vision has a decreased field of vision, reduced vision or both. Typical vision correction options are ineffective at correcting low vision. Fortunately, people with low vision are not blind and they retain some useful vision. Low vision can be the result of childhood conditions like retinal and optical nerve abnormalities, albinism, pediatric glaucoma, pediatric cataracts and nystagmus. Pediatric low vision care is about rehabilitation and helping the child find new ways to accomplish daily tasks.

How It Affects Your Child’s Eyesight

Low vision may prevent your child from accomplishing their tasks with ease. This can affect them in school and in play. A young child might not recognize that they vision problems on their own, so we recommend paying attention to their habits. Observe whether they have difficulty seeing things, taking notes or playing with other kids. Since this condition interferes with quality of life, we recommend taking your child to an eye doctor as soon as you notice problems. The doctor might prescribe eyeglasses and provide other management methods.

Low Vision Management

The goal of low vision management is to preserve the child’s eyesight and rehabilitate their vision. It’s also about helping them learn how to adjust and deal with this condition. Fortunately, there’s a wide range of tools to help your child learn and enjoy a high quality of life. Your child can use magnifiers, telescopes, large-print textbooks, audio books and computer-assisted optical aids. The doctor will also prescribe eyeglasses for your child.

We can provide pediatric eye care, dry eye treatment, vision therapy and more. Park Slope Eye helps patients of all ages maintain their vision and eye health. Our doctors care, which is why they provide personalized services and build lasting relationships with their patients. Call us at (347) 380-7070 to learn more about our services and products. We serve Brooklyn, NY, and nearby areas.


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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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