It’s normal for parents to be concerned about their children’s health, and a crucial part of your child’s health is their vision and eye wellness. Are you wondering about your child’s vision and whether or not they may develop vision problems? While anyone can develop vision issues at any point in their lives, there are certain factors that can put certain children at risk to develop vision problems. Here are some of the things that could indicate that your child is at a higher risk for developing vision-related problems: Pediatric Ophthalmologist Southwest Minneapolis MN
One factor that increases the likelihood of your child having vision problems is if your child was born premature. Premature babies tend to have a disproportionately high chance of developing certain types of eye conditions, such as retinopathy of prematurely and strabismus. Therefore, if your child was born premature, you should have their eyes assessed early on by a pediatric ophthalmologist.
Another thing that could put your child at risk for developing certain vision or eye-related issues is trauma to the eye. If your child has an eye injury, it can cause potential issues for your child’s vision and eye(s). That’s why it’s extremely important to bring your child in to see a pediatric ophthalmologist if they have an eye injury so that they can have their eye injury treated properly, which will reduce the risk of any long-term effects to their vision and/or eyes.
Lastly, genetics can also be a determining factor when it comes to certain eye conditions as well. If your child has a family history of certain eye conditions, then the chances of them developing those same, or similar, eye conditions is relatively high. Certain eye conditions that can be passed down genetically include: strabismus, amblyopia, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. That’s why it’s important to disclose your child’s full family history so that eye doctors know what to anticipate and look for as your child continues to grow and their vision continues to develop.
Dr. Jafar Hasan is fellowship trained in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus with expertise in the medical and surgical care of eye diseases in children. Dr. Afira Hasan is a primary care optometrist.
Did you know? Both Dr. Jafar Hasan and Dr. Afira Hasan have been listed as two of the Top Doctors of 2021!