Vision Screening A Necessary Part Of Daycare

There is a lot of thought that goes in to choosing a day care provider for your child. You may look at class size, teaching method and the types of snack they provide. However, it is imperative for your child's health that the vision screening is also included at your day care.

When to get screening

Vision screening should occur regularly after your child is three years old. Your pediatrician will do a vision screening at the well-child check up. However, those checkups are now scheduled one year apart. Vision problems need to be caught quickly so that they can be treated before permanent damage occurs.

Look for a daycare that has a nurse or technician administer vision screenings twice a year. The nurse is screening for amblyopia first and foremost. This is commonly referred to as a lazy eye. It occurs when the brain and the eye are not communicating effectively. Initially there is no visual difference in the look of the eye.

What does amblyopia do?

Amblyopia is caused by any condition that stopped the eye from focusing properly. Common conditions include one eye that is nearsighted, farsighted or has astigmatism.

You will receive a notice from the vision screening association or from the daycare giving you the results of the vision screening. Most often the note says that no immediate problems were noticed and nothing further is needed. However, if there is a problem with your child's eyesight you will be instructed to make an appointment with your own optometrist or ophthalmologist.

How is treatment handled?

The eye doctor will treat the lazy eye by forcing it to become stronger and more dominant. Your child will have to wear a patch over the healthy eye to give the other eye more practice. The doctor will decide whether your child needs to wear the patch for a few weeks or for a few months.

After the patch treatment is finished the optometrist will help you pick out glasses for your child to wear. The lenses will need to have a prescription in order to fix the nearsighted or farsighted problem so that the amblyopia does not return.

Don't choose a daycare that does not have this vision screening as part of their program. Catching amblyopia early on means that you can treat it more quickly. The visual system is developing rapidly in your child and problems need to be fixed as soon as possible. A yearly screening is not enough.

Contact a company such as Fields Family Eye Care - Kimberly A Fields Od to learn more.