Monday, December 24, 2007

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Childrens Headaches

Most of the time, headaches are usually associated with eye problems. And when kids complain of headaches, most of the time their parents bring them to the eye clinic. This is an example of a case where bringing children to an optometrist can help stop the headaches and improves children’s eyesight altogether if only the doctors advices were followed:

Complaining of almost daily headaches, a nine-year-old boy was bought by his mother to an eye clinic. While the optometrist found him to be moderately high farsighted, she was concerned about the unexplained source of headache so the doctor ordered further test to determine the cause of the problem. Clinical test showed that farsightedness was causing his son’s headaches, but his physical appearance showed there were more to it than a simple eye problem.

It is revealed that he had partially paralyzed lateral rectus, an eye muscle that is used for looking to the side. It could only mean that the pressure inside the skull was high and tumor could be one of the most likely causes especially because the child had no fever. The optometrist referred the boy to a neurologist and instructed his mom to bring him immediately to the emergency room. Unfortunately, the boy’s mom did not take the doctors advice and decided instead to bring the child’s home. Week’s later the boy slipped into a coma and eventually died. Belatedly, doctors found a large tumor in the boy’s brain.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Pediatric Eye Care

Taking care of your children’s eyes are important to the overall health and well being of your kids. Taking them to the optometrist and orthoptists should become a regular habit and routine. Pediatric eye care is vastly different from adult eye care in terms of size. Not only are the eyes of children smaller, the developmental characteristics result in unique sets of eye problems that have no parallel in adults. For example the condition of lazy eyes that were developed early in childhood can be treated when the cause is corrected early. In adults, most cases of lazy eyes can no longer be corrected.

Testing of vision is also different. Even when the child is unable to respond, pediatric eye optometrists can determine a qualitative measure of the child’s visual acuity through various specialized charts and equipment.

Refraction is another difference between adults and children. Children tend to have pseudo myopia or false nearsightedness, or pseudo-emmetropia when in fact they are really far-sighted. Letting them wear prescription glasses without a complete pediatric eye examination is a dangerous thing. The eyes of children are first allowed to rest with the use of eye drops so that the real grade of their eyes can be determined


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