Children’s Eye Health Month at Eye Care & Surgery Center

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Children's Eye Health Month

Eye Care & Surgery Center wishes to announce that August has been designated as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month by Prevent Blindness America. “Eye and vision problems affect one in twenty preschoolers and one in four school aged children”, said New Jersey Pediatric Ophthalmologist Louis Furlan, M.D. at Eye Care & Surgery Center. “Parents should be aware that it is possible for their children to have a serious vision problem without even being aware of it.”

Infants should be screened for common eye problems during their regular pediatric appointments and vision testing should be conducted for all children starting at around three years of age. If there is a family history of eye problems or if an eye problem is apparent, it is important to bring it to the attention of and eye doctor so that they can advise the parents about when and how often their child’s eyes should be examined.

Among the conditions an eye doctor will look for are amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), ptosis (drooping of the upper eyelid), color deficiency (color blindness) and refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism). We are fortunate to have Louis Furlan, M.D. at Eye Care & Surgery Center who is a fellowship trained in Pediatric Ophthalmology and a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of children’s eye problems.