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The Fourth Most Common Disability Among Children

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,

Jennifer

Jennifer Hutcheson is the Owner and Editor of Mami 2 Mommy - a community where all moms can have a voice. She is a Latina mami of a 5-year-old boy, Shaun (aka Shaunsito) and wife to another incredible male in her life, Daddy Shaun. Currently a Digital Strategist/Social Media Consultant and a Freelance Writer her days are often filled with the joys of her crazy mami world and the passion for her work.

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4 COMMENTS

  • joanofalltrades

    Definitely something to think about. I’ve seen a lot of children who have to wear patches at a young age. Maybe if we take preventative measures when they are infants, we can avoid such situations. Shaunsito is lucky to have you as his mamacita 😉

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  • Daphne

    Jen thank you for sharing the info regarding a non-evasive eye test, its good to know there are other options. Eye exams are something that is close to home for me. I have experienced, all to well as a mom, how a child goes through the process of an eye examination. My daughter who was 10 weeks premature (which you know beacause you are one of her special Tia’s/TiTi)had to be tested for ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurityhttp://www.nei.nih.gov/health/rop/ )for the 1st yr of her life. Each appt, which took place every 2months, was 3hrs. In that time her eyes needed to be dilated and then pryed open by these mini prongs while i held her and the Dr examined her. I cried my eyes out each and every time watching my poor little baby go through this. All I kept thinking was there must be an easier way. The Dr assured me she felt no pain or discomfort, but I still worried and felt helpless. She may not have been in pain but it was dreadful to watch and see her wail so hard. Thankfully her eyesight has been fine and we dont see the eye dr for another yr, thank goodness. I really do agree that early intervention is neccessary for your child’s eyesight if you think something is off or its recommended by your ped-its never any fun to see your children cry or feel discomfort. If there are other options that are non-invasive definitely research them and ask lots of questions. I know I will. Jen thanks again for providing the info. love ya!!

  • Mommy Reporter

    Thanks for the info. This is good to know and for moms to stay informed about. I never really thought about my son’s eyesight, I’ve just always taken it for granted. Keep up the good work!!

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