Preschoolers 2 – 5 years old
Preschoolers depend on their vision to learn tasks that will prepare them for school: eye-hand-body coordination, fine motor skills, and visual perceptual abilities necessary to learn to read and write. Ensuring normal vision development in a preschooler provides the child with a good “head start” for school. It is important at this age to detect crossed eyes or lazy eye. The eye doctors of St. Luke Eye Institute can detect these conditions and recommend treatment, such as eyedrops, patching therapy, or glasses. Early treatment often results in prevention of permanent vision loss in a child.
School-aged 6 – 18 years old
When a child’s vision is not functioning properly, it can impact him academically, socially, and athletically. Vision problems can affect development of visual skills, and can negatively impact learning. Children may avoid reading, have a short attention span, and lack reading
comprehension. Children may be misdiagnosed with ADD or ADHD, when in fact, the real problem is their vision. During the “growing years,” a child’s vision may change rapidly, requiring new glasses, sometimes within a year.
Dr. Andrew Alpar and Dr. Candace Lipshy, the optometrists at St. Luke Eye Institute in Amarillo, Texas can detect children’s vision problems through regular eye examinations. Appropriate treatment can be recommended, including eyeglasses or contact lenses. The opticians in our on-site 9th Ave Optical love working with children! They specialize in eyeglasses to fit children from infants to high schoolers.