5 Facts About Children’s Eye Health from Park Ophthalmology

Park 08-08-16 stockimages ID-100275149Triangle area students, from Raleigh to Durham will be heading back to classes later this month. In addition to getting supplies, backpacks and new clothes, children also need good vision to perform well in school. Park Ophthalmology  recommends that all children be screened yearly for vision-related conditions that can affect the ability to learn.

Dr. Beth R. Friedland founded Park Ophthalmology in 1984 and has built a successful medical and surgical practice based on hard work, integrity, and personalized service to her patients. Her experience as a surgeon, and nearly three decades of being an Opthalmologist, means all of her patients  receive the very best in top quality care for their eyes. There’s no better place than Park Ophthalmology for a young child to receive his or her first eye exam. 

Beth R. Friedland M.D. shares five facts about children’s eye health:  

  • Mandatory exams: Vision screening is required for all North Carolina students before they start elementary school. If no problems are discovered, an exam every year should be sufficient.
  • Vision and learning problems: It isn’t enough to ensure a student’s vision is 20/20. Dr. Friedland checks her young patients for any other vision disorders that may hamper learning.
  • Importance of family history: Some eye conditions are hereditary. Parents need to share with Dr. Friedland any known eye conditions that immediate family and relatives may have, such as nearsightedness, crossed eyes (strabismus), and amblyopia among others. These conditions can be noted so that individual treatment with these issues in mind can be established.  
  • Know the risk factors: Certain factors make it more likely that children will have vision problems. Children who were born prematurely or with low birth weight, or whose mothers had certain infections during pregnancy are at greater risk of developing vision problems.
  • What to observe: If a child has trouble staying on task, reading or performing other visual tasks, a vision exam might be needed. Some behaviors that look like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are actually the result of vision problems.

All children deserve their best chance at academic success and eye health is crucial to that goal. Contact Park Ophthalmology today to schedule an appointment for a child entering elementary school or if you have any concerns about your child’s vision.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about children and vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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