Eye Health

How did you protect you children’s eye health?

Our Daddy MD Guide’s reply: When my babies were about two months old, I gave them an eye exam, just to see “what we had made.” All parents can look at their children’s eyes and make sure they ‘look’ normal, and certainly be aware of their child’s response to light, toys, and other objects.  Take note as your children develop and be sure they’re matching the development of their peers

As my daughters got older, I followed the protocol for eye health. People might be surprised to read that there aren’t standard recommendations for children to get eye exams, other than yearly exams by their pediatricians. After my daughters turned around three years old, each year, their pediatrician checked their eyes. Their exams always were normal. If a problem is indicated during one of these exams, I recommend parents take their children to a pediatric ophthalmologist for closer review.

Also, if you have a strong family history of eye problems, or if a child was born premature or has an underlying condition that predisposes a person to eye diseases, the parents would want to have the child screened by a pediatric ophthalmologist.

Robert Kitei, MD, a dad of 18- and 16-year-old daughters, a physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and adult double vision in private practice at Bethlehem Eye Associates, and the cofounder of Supercleat, in Bethlehem, PA