The child receives more than 90% of the information through vision. Therefore, if the vision is poor, this may affect the child’s development in the future. Subsequently, in order to detect possible diseases at early stages, it is important to consult an ophthalmologist once a year, even if no complaints.
Glasses: to wear or not to wear?
The most common conditions that require wearing glasses from childhood are astigmatism, myopia and hypermetropia. Wearing glasses cannot be neglected in any case, as it is an important part of the treatment. However, it should be stressed that the outcome of the treatment, namely a good vision of the child in the future, depends largely on choosing the proper correction!
Usually, in hypermetropia, glasses are prescribed for permanent wearing. In childhood, uncorrected hypermetropia may lead to the development of amblyopia (lazy eye) and convergent strabismus. Early detection of hypermetropia (2-3 years) and its proper treatment can prevent the development of these conditions.
As for myopia, most children need glasses for vision at distance, and some of them – also for reading (when myopia exceeds 5-6 diopters). Unfortunately, due to the association of degenerative changes in the layers of an eye with myopia, glasses cannot always correct the vision good enough.
In astigmatism glasses are with cylindrical lenses, and are worn in the way prescribed by the doctor (either permanently or just for activities at near).
Regardless of the diagnosis, at Optisan Clinic physicians have an individualized approach to prescribing optic correction and always assess the patient’s tolerability of glasses.
There is an alternative!
If your child definitely refuses to wear glasses, the ophthalmologist at the Optisan Clinic can offer you an alternative method of correction – contact lenses. The doctor always considers both child’s age and psychic characteristics. Choosing contact lenses of any complexity is done from a young child’s age. Contact lenses are a modern, excellent correction method and can be prescribed even to very young patients.
However, in order to preserve the health of children’s eyes, it is necessary to observe some rules, and namely:
- Contact lenses for your child must be selected by a physician based on the results of diagnostic tests performed with modern equipment;
- Buy only lenses of good quality and only in a specialized clinic.
- Keep and maintain the contact lenses properly, do not wear them longer than the indicated wearing time.
- Also, remember that the lens is a foreign body in the eye, so it is necessary to consult an ophthalmologist regularly.