In the past there was no simple way to know if your kids’ vision was deteriorating. If you want your kids to maintain good vision for the rest of their lives, it’s best to detect if they have “lazy eye” (amblyopia) and anisometropia (the two eyes bend light at different angles) at young age, and prevent further deterioration of vision.
Thanks to David Hunter, chief of ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital Boston for having developed a simple vision screening device called the Pediatric Vision Screener, which helps spot any of the above mentioned habits. Such as lazy eye which is usually caused by a child tends to use only one of his eyes, leaving the other eye “lazy” which can lead to slowly go blind, as the brain hasn’t received proper stimulation from it, therefore learned to ignore the input from that eye.
the Pediatric Vision Screener is able to detect well over 95 percent of children who had an eye problem, which is pretty good in terms of accuracy. Treatment can then be carried out on the child who has eye problem including patching the sound eye, forcing the child to use the weaker eye. Ideally, such a treatment should start before age 5 when the brain is still able to relearn. Watch the clip below showing the Pediatric Vision Screener used on a child.
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