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    Stressing the need for child vision screenings


    Accommodating children

    To make eye exams more comfortable for children, Dr. Edmond suggests having a child-friendly waiting room with toys, electronic devices, music, and friendly staff.

    “Also, allowing a child to sit on the caregiver’s lap provides great comfort to the patient,” she said. “Using anesthetics before administering dilating drops may also offer comfort during the actual examination.”

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    Diabetic children

    The AAO also recommends annual screening beginning 5 years after the onset of diabetes in children.

    Guidelines from the American Diabetes Association include annual screening beginning 3 to 5 years after diagnosis of diabetes once the patient is 10 years or older. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an initial examination 3 to 5 years after diagnosis if older than 9 years, with annual follow-up thereafter.

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    If there are no known family issues of eye-related diseases or conditions, the AAO recommends vision screening for children when they are:

    •             Pre-school age, between age 3 and 3½ years old

    •             Entering school

    •             Experiencing a possible vision problem

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    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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