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Helping Your Teen Adjust to Life With Glasses Sep 6th, 2021

With kids spending more time than ever in front of a screen, whether it’s a digital phone, TV, or pad, it’s not surprising that there are increasing rates of eyestrain and kids who need glasses. Although pandemic restrictions have decreased in most areas, allowing adults and teens more freedom and...

Tips for Helping Your Child Have Healthy Eyes Aug 8th, 2021

Your children's bodies change as they grow, and so do their eyes and eyesight. One of the best things you can do to protect your children's sight and eye health is to see an eye doctor regularly, starting at least by your child's first birthday.  However, there are many other...

Why Do You Need a Children's Eye Specialist? Jul 14th, 2021

Seeing a children’s eye specialist, either a pediatric ophthalmologist or a pediatric optometrist, is an essential part of taking care of your child’s overall health. Children often can’t tell you or don’t realize if something’s wrong with their eyes. A children’s eye specialist can detect vision or eye health problems...

The Importance of Your Child Seeing an Eye Doctor Jun 17th, 2021

Eye and vision problems are common among young children. In fact, it’s probably higher than you think. About 7% of children under 18 have at least one eye or vision condition, and 3% are blind or visually impaired, meaning they have trouble seeing even with corrective lenses.     Early eye care,...

Understanding the Different Types of Pediatric Eye Diseases May 3rd, 2021

While eye diseases are more common in older adults, children and babies experience a variety of eye diseases as well. Early intervention can correct or save their sight, improve their eye health and, subsequently, improve their quality of life for many years.  Common refractive error issues such as myopia, hyperopia,...

Are Contact Lenses Right for My Child? Apr 1st, 2021

Only you can answer that question. There is no age limit for children to begin wearing contact lenses. Deciding whether your child should wear glasses or contacts to correct their vision depends on how responsible the child is, among other factors, and not their age. In general, children at least...

How to Recognize Strabismus Mar 1st, 2021

Strabismus is a common pediatric eye condition. About 4% of children under the age of 6 are affected by this condition, which is a misalignment of the eyes. Also called crossed eyes, strabismus is when one or both eyes turn inward, upward, or outward when looking straight ahead. Although children...

Treatment Options for Pediatric Glaucoma Feb 7th, 2021

Glaucoma encompasses a group of eye diseases that occur when the pressure within the eye, also called intraocular pressure (IOC), damages the optic nerve. This pressure is usually a result of impaired eye drainage processes.  Although glaucoma is most commonly diagnosed in older adults, it can develop in people of...

How Common Are Cataracts? Jan 1st, 2021

When you think of cataracts, you usually think of older people because the risk of cataracts increases with age. By age 75, half of all Americans have cataracts. However, in rare instances, children can develop them too. Babies can be born with them or develop them as a child. A...

5 Signs of Pink Eye Dec 1st, 2020

Pink eye, also called conjunctivitis, is one of the most common eye problems in the US, affecting about 6 million people a year. It can be highly contagious, especially among school-age children who can spread it throughout their schools and play areas. It’s called conjunctivitis because it affects the conjunctiva,...

Complications of Ptosis: Droopy Eyelids in Kids Nov 2nd, 2020

Ptosis, the clinical term for droopy eyelids, can be present at birth (congenital), or it may develop later in life as a result of other conditions that affect the eyes or the muscles and nerves.  In some cases, the eyelid doesn't droop too much, and your child is not impacted...

Recognizing the Signs of a Tear Duct Obstruction Oct 1st, 2020

Tear duct obstruction is a common eye condition among infants. About 5% of all babies experience it in one or both eyes. Fortunately, in most cases, the condition clears up on its own by the age of 1. In about 10% of cases, however, medical intervention is necessary. Tear ducts,...

Back to School: It's Time for Your Child's Eye Exam Sep 30th, 2020

Pencils? Notebooks? Masks? Check. You’ve got your child mostly ready for school. While schools do require an updated health form, they don’t necessarily mandate an updated eye health form. However, an eye exam is important. For your convenience, your child can get an eye screening with their pediatrician during their...

What You Should Know About Blepharitis Aug 12th, 2020

Blepharitis, which is eyelid inflammation, is not a serious condition, but it is common. About 40-50% of people who visit an ophthalmologist or optometrist have some form of blepharitis.  The other thing you should know about blepharitis is that while it’s unsightly, it’s thankfully not contagious. People with blepharitis usually...

The Potential Causes of Double Vision Jul 21st, 2020

Double vision, also called diplopia, is a common vision issue. One study found that seeing double was the cause of about 850,000 visits to the doctor every year. Double vision is what it sounds like it is: You look at one object but see two. Most of the time, the...

What You Need to Know About Allergic Conjunctivitis Jun 24th, 2020

Even though you tell your child not to itch their eyes, mosquito bites, or rashes, you know it’s going to be hard for them to listen to you. After all, you know it’s hard for you not to scratch and itch.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t warn them, however. If...

How Dry Eye Affects Children May 26th, 2020

Dry eye, a common condition in older adults, develops when your eyes don’t make enough tears, or they produce an inadequate quality of tears. This results in eyes that feel irritated and gritty. Not only do tears make your eyes feel better and moist, they also wash away foreign matter...

Protecting Your Children's Eyes From Sun Damage Apr 1st, 2020

We all want to keep our children healthy and protect them from harm. For example, most of us slather sunscreen on our kids’ skin to protect them from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. However, many parents and children don’t realize that it’s not just their skin that needs protection...

Tips and tricks for eye patching Mar 1st, 2020

While your child may love the eye idea of wearing an eye patch around Halloween — along with a sword and a swashbuckling hat, they probably don’t like the idea of wearing one year-round for several hours a day. Eye patching is a common treatment for amblyopia, also called lazy...

6 Tips for Helping Your Child Adjust to Wearing Glasses Feb 1st, 2020

My brother tells a story about when he first started wearing glasses as a child. “I didn’t realize you were supposed to be able to see the blackboard,” he recalled. Wearing his glasses opened up a world to him — a world he didn’t realize he was supposed to be...

What to Expect at Your Child's Eye Exam Jan 9th, 2020

Schools and pediatricians do routine vision screenings, and if either suspect there could be an issue, your child will be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist or optometrist, such as the team at ABC Children’s Eye Specialists in Phoenix and Mesa, AZ.   If, during an eye exam with an optometrist, the...

Is Your Child Ready for Contact Lenses? Dec 9th, 2019

Despite all the wonderful styles available, wearing glasses can encumber young athletes as well as make some children feel self-conscious socially. In such cases, contact lenses may be an optimal solution. But are they right for your child? That depends on a few things. Age is important since, in general,...

What Parents of Preterm Infants Should Know About Retinopathy of Prematurity Nov 1st, 2019

If you have a premature baby, you know that, initially, the road to health can be fraught with obstacles. Retinopathy of prematurity is one of those obstacles. Retinopathy of prematurity, also called ROP, is the formation of abnormal blood vessels in the retina. In the most severe cases, ROP can...

Treatment Options for Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) Oct 1st, 2019

As the most common cause of visual impairment among young children, amblyopia affects up to 3% of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and grade-schoolers in the United States. Also known as “lazy eye,” the condition occurs when one eye fails to work properly with the brain, resulting in reduced visual acuity in...

How to Stop the Spread of Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) Sep 1st, 2019

Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as pink eye, is one of the most common eye infections in the world, affecting adults and children alike. It occurs when harmful germs or irritants enter your eye and invade the conjunctiva, or the thin, moist membrane that covers your eyeball and lines your inner eyelid.    ...

5 Signs Your Child May Need Glasses Jul 31st, 2019

Some children are born with vision problems, while others develop them later in childhood. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to know if your child's eyes are functioning properly. It can be especially challenging to detect vision issues when children are young and can't communicate that they're having problems seeing. As...

What Causes Ptosis and How Is It Corrected? Jul 24th, 2019

Your child’s eyes are a wonderful window into their personality, mood, and emotions. In just a single glance, they can communicate joy, unhappiness, curiosity, comfort, pain, and just about everything in between. But if your child has ptosis — an abnormally droopy upper eyelid that partially obscures their gaze —...

How to Prevent and Treat Styes Jun 11th, 2019

A stye, also known as a sty (without the “e”) is an eye condition more common in children than adults. It’s often painful and unsightly, but not usually serious. A stye is a small red bump that forms at the base of your eyelashes, generally on the lower lid, or...

Preparing Your Child for Eye Surgery May 22nd, 2019

Finding out that your child requires eye surgery can actually be a bit of a relief. It’s natural for you to feel a bit anxious about the procedure, of course, but you’re probably also glad to hear of a way to remedy the serious, painful, or chronic condition that’s been...