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Children’s vision is an often-overlooked aspect of well care when people are young. However, it is pertinent to ensure a child is seeing well. It is estimated that over 80% of what a child learns in her first years of school are taken in visually. This is why it is important to have several comprehensive eye examinations before a child begins school as well as during the schooling process.
The InfantSEE® program is a first-of-its kind public health promotion through the American Optometric Association. This program offers a complimentary, comprehensive eye examination to children of the age six to twelve months. Vision plays a major role in infant development, and any family history of eye disease or the need for any family member to wear glasses are excellent reasons to have your baby’s eyes examined. Infant eye examinations are an important addition to a baby’s well-care routine. Dr. Wesley has personally examined more than 100 babies since the program’s onset and very much enjoys ensuring the well-being of every child’s vision. Ask our staff for more details and how to schedule an infant eye exam today!
For more information about InfantSEE®, refer to their website: www.infantsee.org
Jonas and his parents came to see Dr. Wesley when he was 11 months old. His family history of lazy eye and reduced vision was very strong on his mother’s side of the family. Jonas’s parents had noticed his left eye turning in towards his nose when he was tired.
When Dr. Wesley examined Jonas, she noticed a large prescription difference between his two eyes. Essentially, his right eye was doing all the work and his left eye was becoming under-developed, or “lazy,” as a result.
At this age, a simple pair of glasses was all it took to correct Jonas’s lazy left eye and bring his vision back to normal. Had he come at a later age, it would have been much more difficult to correct his reduced vision in that left eye. InfantSEE made it capable for him to have normal vision development and begin schooling without having a visual disadvantage.