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Child Care

As a parent, you may wonder whether your pre-schooler has a vision problem or when a first eye exam should be scheduled. Eye exams for children are extremely important. Experts say 5 to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problem is crucial because, if left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss. Child care for vision is no different than any other doctor’s appointment. They are all equally as important.

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should receive additional eye exams at 3 years of age, and just before they enter kindergarten or the first grade at about age 5 or 6.

For school-aged children, the AOA recommends an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses or contact lenses should be examined annually or according to their eye doctor’s recommendations.

Early eye exams also are important because children need the following basic visual skills for learning: Near vision, Distance vision, Binocularity skills, Eye movement skills, Focusing skills, Peripheral awareness, Eye/hand coordination.

Because of the importance of good vision for learning, some states require an eye exam for all children entering school for the first time.

Be sure to tell your eye doctor if your child has a history of prematurity, has delayed motor development, engages in frequent eye rubbing, blinks excessively, falls down or bumps into stationary objects, fails to maintain eye contact, cannot seem to maintain a gaze (fixation) while looking at objects, has poor eye tracking skills or has failed a pediatrician or pre-school vision screening.

Your eye doctor will also want to know about previous ocular diagnoses and treatments involving your child, such as possible surgeries and glasses or contact lens wear. Be sure you inform your eye doctor if there is a family history of eye problems requiring vision correction, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, misaligned eyes (strabismus) or amblyopia (“lazy eye”).

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Siegmund Eye Care is a Myrtle Beach eye care office that hires certified optometrists. By being Myrtle Beach’s premier eye care and optical boutique, Siegmund Eye Care has access to the hottest designer brands such as Calvin Klein, Coach, Costa, Gucci, Bvlgari, Fendi, Flexon, Giorgio Armani, Lacoste, Oakley, Prada, Tommy Bahama, Michael Kors, Ray-Ban, Tiffany, Nike and much more. Siegmund Eye Care’s vision services include comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fitting, pediatric eye exams, dry eye syndrome, pink/red eyes, foreign body removal, management of ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes and cataracts, LASIK surgery, Fundus photography and eye emergencies. Dr. Jason Siegmund does his best to take care of all Myrtle Beach vision patients with his immense knowledge in the field. Siegmund Eye Care is your number one stop in Myrtle Beach for vision and eye care if you are in need of eye glasses or contact lenses. Siegmund Eye Care is located on River Oaks Drive in Carolina Forest.

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