Due to the negligence associated with the lack of awareness on eye diseases, children may encounter health issues which may become very difficult to treat in the latter part of their lives. Many significant eye diseases occur in the early stages of life. Successful results can be achieved with early diagnosis and correct treatment.
In order to protect the eyes of children aged 0-16 years, children should undergo eye examinations:
However, in case of the following symptoms, an eye doctor specialized in children’s eye diseases (pediatric ophthalmologist) should be consulted immediately.
Lazy eye, strabismus, myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism are the most common eye diseases seen in children.
Latent strabismus is strabismus that manifests itself when one of the eyes is covered.
Unilateral constant deviations result in lazy eye.
No. Strabismus can be treated at any time.
For premature babies, an eye examination should be performed 4-6 weeks after birth. Other babies should have their eye examination at 1 year of age.