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Posted on 04-21-2017

4 Common Eye Problems in Children in San Antonio

Your child's eyesight has a dramatic impact on his or her life--socially, academically, athletically, and more. If you're a local parent, it's important that you take your child in to see a San Antonio eye doctor on a regular basis. A children's eye exam--ideally at age 6 months, 3 years, before school, and at least every 2 years after that until age 18--is the best way to ensure your son's or daughter's eyesight is developing normally. It's also the best way to detect children's vision problems as early as possible so that proper treatment can be initiated. 

Child making a face because he is concerned about 4 common eye problems

Whenever possible, it's always best to visit a pediatric optometrist in San Antonio, because you'll know that the eye doctor will be better able to meet the special and unique needs of a child. 

4 Common Children's Eye Problems Treated By Our Children's Eye Doctor in San Antonio

As a parent, you should be on the lookout for the following signs and symptoms of a potential eye problem in your child: squinting, complaints of blurry vision, looking at something with one eye, frequently losing place while reading, frequent headaches, rubbing the eyes, and/or sitting too close to the television. However, even if you believe your son or daughter has perfect vision, you should still take him or her periodically to see our children's eye doctor in San Antonio, Dr. Raul Trevino. He may be able to detect hidden early warning signs of a vision problem, including any one of the most common children's vision problems evaluated and managed at our optometry clinic: 

Refractive Errors

These include nearsightedness or farsightedness, and can happen because the shape of your child's eyeball and/or lens is too long or short, therefore preventing light from correctly focusing on the retina. 

Strabismus

Also known as cross-eyed, this condition causes the eyes to not look in the same direction due to an inward or outward misalignment of one or both eyes. 

Astigmatism

Similar to other refractive errors, this condition is caused by an imperfection in the curvature and shape of your child's eye and can lead to a disruption in the way light focuses in the eye. 

Binocular Vision Disorder

An inability of your child to coordinate and utilize both eyes at once, which is critical for visual tasks like tracking, depth perception, and visual acuity. This may be caused by problems within the eyes themselves (such as amblyopia or lazy eye) or by a disruption in the sensorimotor control from the brain. 

Whatever the underlying diagnosis turns out to be, our San Antonio eye doctor will sit down with you and discuss your treatment options, which may include prescription eyewear, vision therapy, medicated eye drops, or even a referral to another specialist (in the rarer instances that surgery may be indicated). 

Does your child have clear view of the future? Contact Your San Antonio Optometrist Today

Let our San Antonio optometrist, Dr. Trevino, help guide the way by scheduling a children's an eye exam for your son or daughter today! Call Vision Source Castle Hills now . New to us? As a welcome, we're currently offering 15% off visits for first-time clients. 

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