- Evaluate the functional status of the eyes and visual system, taking into account each child’s level of development
- Assess ocular health and related systemic health conditions
- Establish a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan
- Counsel and educate parents/caregivers regarding their child’s visual, ocular, and related health care status, including recommendations for treatment, management, and preventive care.
Roughly, 1 out of every 4 children has a vision problem. Those with vision issues often do not understand that a problem is present because they do not know their vision is abnormal. For example, Convergence Insufficiency (CI) is a common binocular vision disorder where the eyes do not work together especially for near tasks. The faraway vision may be excellent but reading is often compromised. Typical symptoms include difficulty concentrating, short attention span, fatigue or falling asleep while reading, poor comprehension, words that appear to move, float, swim, or jump on the page. Frequently, the child is misdiagnosed with behavior problems, avoidance, attention deficits and hyperactivity when the root cause is a vision related issue.