I have worn glasses since my teen years. During my freshman year I was sitting in class and realized that I could no longer see the chalkboard clearly. It was a little frightening to all of a sudden lose control over my sight. Now I just can’t imagine what a baby must feel like in this same situation? The world is still a fairly new and scary place to an infant. So how much more difficult would it be for a little peanut like my 8-month-old son to have to go through that? I don’t even want to imagine. My poor baby wouldn’t even be able to verbally express himself to tell me there was something wrong. Therefore, as his mamí, it is my responsibility to make sure that his doctor is on top of things and make sure that he is screened for what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calls the fourth most common disability among children…vision disorders.
Now I know some of you may be thinking that it is still way too early to worry about my son’s vision or be able to detect any possible problems. On the contrary. It is better to pick up on these warning signs now to help prevent vision problems later and so that my child can have the proper treatment available to him.
A very helpful tool to help you get started is this brief, physician-reviewed online vision assessment quiz which is part of the Enfant Pediatric VEP Vision Testing System (Enfant Vision). This quiz can help point out or “red flag” the subtle signs of a vision problem in a child as young as six months of age.
The next step would be to visit www.enfantvision.com to find a pediatrician in your area that offers the complete non-invasive, diagnostic test. And if you’re worried about your child having to be put through yet another stressful doctor’s exam, fear not! This test does not require dilation, is completed within 5-7 minutes, and best of all it features child-friendly animated characters and graphics accompanied by music! Sounds more like a day at Gymboree then the doctor’s office, don’t you think? 🙂
But seriously, if you have this child-friendly test available to you and your child why wouldn’t you want to give them the best opportunity to prevent any type of vision disorder?
I know that my little Shaunsito and his little ojitos – eyes are too important to me to wait until he’s old enough to tell me that something is wrong. I will always fight hard for his well-being and I hope, no, I KNOW you will do the same! Take care of you children, they will love you for it.
With all my mamí love,