April is Autism Awareness Month, and we want to shed light on the link between autism and vision disorders.
Vision Problems May Be More Common In Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Since autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) affect how we process and respond to sensory information, it’s important to evaluate exactly what visual sensory information is going in.
Recent studies have found that refractive errors, such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and/or astigmatism, may be more common in those with an ASD. The same goes for strabismus (often called cross-eye) and amblyopia (lazy eye). These problems can be treated, corrected, and sometimes even prevented. Especially if we can catch them early in life.
Poor vision can be especially hard to catch in a child with an ASD, since signs are attributed to, or blended with, autistic behavior. This might include:
• Inability to follow things with their eyes (or “tracking”).
• Over-intent focusing, or lack of focus.
• Missing cues that come from peripheral vision.
Standard vision screenings at schools or from a pediatrician miss a large percentage of vision disorders. Healthy eye development for children with an ASD requires continuing care with a professional who understands your child and his/her needs. From early exams and diagnosis, to regular monitoring throughout development, your child’s eyesight is safe in our hands. Properly diagnosing and correcting vision problems isn’t a cure-all, however, a if the child can see clearly he has a better change of navigating through his world.
We believe in being there for patients through the long haul. Our doctors will take the time with you and your child to help you both understand the process of the exam and the steps we can take to correct and protect their vision. Call and make an appointment.
Bright Eyes Vision
1230 Old York Rd
Hartsville, PA 18974