Healthy Eyes: Success in School & Life
At Bonner Eye Clinic, we are pleased to offer eye care for the whole family – including younger patients. Realizing that good vision can help children succeed in school and life, our doctors find great satisfaction in diagnosing and treating conditions such refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism) as well as as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes).
Glasses for Kids
If your child is having difficulty reading or seeing across the room, you may be more apt to bring them in for an eye exam. However, not all vision problems are so obvious. If your child is exhibiting any other symptoms such as frequent headaches, getting poor grades in school or rubbing their eyes often, this could be a sign that glasses are needed. Our team at Bonner Eye Clinic is trained to help identify these conditions in younger patients and provide them with glasses or contact lenses to see more clearly.
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Amblyopia is a vision problem where one eye has significantly lower visual acuity than the other. Amblyopia can be caused by:
- Trauma to one eye
- A large refractive difference in vision between the two eyes
Amblyopia is more easily treated in children under the age of six, so early diagnosis is important.
Treatment for Lazy Eye at Bonner Eye Clinic
Amblyopia will not correct itself. If left untreated, the brain will eventually stop processing the blurry images from the weak eye, becoming fully dependent on the stronger one and causing functional blindness in the weak eye. With only one eye doing all the work, your child may have problems with vision clarity and depth perception.
Treatments can include:
- Vision exercises
- Eye patch on the stronger eye to teach the brain to use the weaker eye
- Glasses that have different prescriptions for each eye
- Surgery to adjust the muscles of the eye
Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)
Strabismus is a condition in which one or both eyes squint, cross, wander, or turn in. This can lead to blurry vision, double vision, headaches and eye fatigue. If the eyes are not working together, one of the eyes can take control, leading to amblyopia. Infants may appear to have strabismus, but by age four months the eyes should be aligned.
Strabismus can be caused by:
- Nervous system problem
- Weak eye muscles
Strabismus can also occur in adults as the result of a stroke or other health problem.
Treatment for Strabismus at Bonner Eye Clinic
- Eye drops
- Prescription eyeglasses
- Eye patch to strengthen the weaker eye
- Surgery to strengthen the eye muscles
We’d Love to Tell You More About Pediatric Eye Care
We invite you to schedule an eye exam for your child so we can assess their vision and provide treatment if necessary. During your visit to our practice, you will learn why so many people trust our team to protect their children’s precious eyesight.