• Toddler Eyesight Problems: Farsightedness

    Keep your tot's peepers in tip-top shape by reading up on visual problems and their symptoms.

  • Farsightedness. Farsighted people may see clearly at a distance; but more accurately, farsighted people have an unusually shorter eyeball.

    Farsightedness is very common with kids. “The eyeball is still short, and not yet of normal size. Kids can still outgrow this and eventually develop good auto-focus mechanism,” says Dr. Bolinao. With high grades of farsightedness, the kids’ eyes converge or become cross-eyed as they focus. “So we give them proper glasses with their correct grade; this relaxes the auto-focusing mechanism of the eyes so they will be aligned.”

     

    SOURCES:

    • Joanne Bolinao, M.D., pediatric ophthalmologist, American Eye Center
    • John Baldwin Tan, M.D., ophthalmologist, Diseases, Laser, and Microsurgery of the Eye, Med Central Diagnostic Clinic
    • Christy Querido, O.D., optometrist, Arcangel Medical Diagnostic Laboratory

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