The other day I took my 2 year old to the doctor for a well visit. We waited an hour for the doctor to come in , then my poor boy was poked and prodded for what seemed like days (he was crying from the minute we pulled up to the office). After numerous blood tests, and being held down to have his ears checked, the nurse told me to bring him to the back for an eye exam. I knew this was not going to happen. My son was screaming, and would not cooperate , so we got our coats on and left without his eyes being checked.
Last night on the news, I heard about The “Healthy Eyes for Kids” program. They provide free screenings to preschoolers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and identify kids who may have a higher risk for vision problems.
The machine they use to test for a possible vision problem, takes only 30 seconds to get a reading. They screening is not diagnostic, but it is a good indicator or a vision problem.
Most eye problems in children can be corrected if caught early, the task is trying to get a 2 or 3 year old to sit still, The “Healthy Eyes for Kids” program is making strides in providing early intervention.
For more info visit Preventblindness.org.