Myth 1. All Children are born with normal eyes and all eye diseases start later in life.
Truth: This is what most parents assume. Most Children are born with normal eyes. However some babies have problems in one or both eyes right at birth and unless detected in time, are likely to affect vision. All babies should get eye screening immediately following birth.
Myth 2. Children should get eye checkups only when they complain of eye strain or headache or inabilty to see.
Truth: Most small children with eye problems never complain of any symptoms. Infact they can appear to be leading a normal life inspite of having poor vision in one or both eyes. They need to be routinely checked at 1 year, 3 years and 5 years to detect any issues with vision and eye development.
Myth 3. My child does not know how to read. How will the doctor test his eyes?
Truth: Children off all ages right from infancy can undergo a detailed eye check up. There are many different ways of testing vision in small children who cannot read.
Myth 4. Me and my spouse do not have any eye problems, so our child doesn't need any eye test
Truth: All children irrespective of positive family history of eye diseases need periodic eye check ups. Although it is true that children whose parents have eye problems have a higher risk of having the same problem, but, ant child can have the same eye problem.
Myth 5: Eye testing is painful for the child and child wont co-operate.
Truth: Pediatric ophthalmologists are trained to handle children delicately and will ensure that the experience is pleasant for the child. The pediatric eye clinics have a child friendly waiting area and play area where the child feels comfortable.