Fox - How to Spot Vision Problems In Children - Manny Alvarez

 – September 6, 2013  –– 

If untreated, pediatric eye conditions can lead to long term problems with vision, hinder the development of the eye and cause problems with socialization and learning. Shreya Prabhu, MD, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, says that doctors will typically perform simple vision tests from birth to rule out major problems in infants. As children get older, many will receive vision tests at school, in addition to regular eye evaluations during their yearly visit to their pediatrician. "They'll do things like check pupils, how well they seem to see with each eye, do an external exam and look for a red reflux in the retina... that (red eye) when people take pictures," Dr. Prabhu said. "If you don't see that red spot in the center of the eye, there could be something in the eye like a cataract or other things obscuring that."
-Dr. Shreya Prabhu, Assistant Clinical Professor, Ophthalmology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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