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Common vision concerns, by age

  Tuesday, 28 July 2015 00:00

The eyes are not only the windows to your soul, they’re an accurate barometer of your general health and wellbeing. Here are the most common vision concerns, by stage of life.

Infancy

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Your paediatrician will examine your baby’s eyes at one of her first visits, testing alignment, ability to fixate, coordination of eye muscles, response to light and eyelid health and function.

Potential problems include crossed eyes, drooping eyelid (amblyopia or Lazy Eye), childhood cataracts, Pink Eye (conjunctivitis), vibrating eyes (nystagmus) and watery eyes.

Childhood

Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are the most common eye conditions found in children. They can be easily treated with corrective lenses. Your optometrist will also screen for the above-listed problems.

Adolescence

Most common at this age is the development and progression of nearsightedness, or myopia. If teens have worn eyeglasses for a while, they may want to consider contact lenses. Those who play sports are at high risk for serious eye injury and must wear adequate eye protection...