Good eye health is important at any age, which is why even toddlers should have their eyes checked regularly. While eye health and sight issues aren’t always obvious, you can get ahead of them by giving your child’s optometrist the chance to detect and address them during regular exams. However, between visits, you can also keep an eye out for signs that your child’s eye sight might be deteriorating or not developing properly. If you notice such warning signs, then you should schedule an eye exam for your child as soon as possible to avoid further complications.
Many of us were taught in school that the eyes don’t technically see images, but rather collect light for the brain to process as an image. Remember the lesson of your eyes detecting things upside down? The visual cortex at the back of your brain is where it’s turned right side up so you can perceive it clearly. For that to happen, your eye transmits the light to the cortex through its optic nerve. Glaucoma is a chronic disease that involves damage to this nerve, and it can gradually grow worse until it causes complete loss of sight.
When you have an eye emergency, your first impulse may be to visit your physician as soon as possible to seek emergency medical care. While it’s a good instinct, most physicians will refer you to an optometrist for expert eye care. At our center, we’re highly experienced and uniquely equipped to diagnose, triage, and treat eye emergencies of all types. However, until you make it your emergency eye appointment, there are some things you can do to avoid making your condition worse.
For your vision to be as clear as possible, light has to hit your retinas directly, with exact precision. If the light is off by even a fraction of a millimeter, then the images you see will be blurry. Ortho-K, also known as orthokeratology (or corneal reshaping) is the gentle, non-surgical process of reshaping the cornea to ensure that light hits the retina more accurately. Using comfortable corrective lenses that can be worn at night, Ortho-K treatment can help children and adults enjoy clearer vision in as little as two weeks, without the need for contact lenses, glasses, or eye surgery.