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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...