Vision and Children with Special Needs

Regular comprehensive eye examinations are important for children with special needs. Children with special needs often have a higher incidence of vision problems and are often unaware or unable to communicate their symptoms. These can include myopia, hyperopiaastigmatism, strabismus, amblyopia, eye focusing, teaming or tracking, eye health problems and/or visual processing delays.

Children with the following conditions can often have associated vision problems.

  • Albinism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Autism Spectrum disorders
  • Genetic and chromosomal anomalies
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Brain Injury

Did you know?

  • Eye conditions were found in 97% of children with Down syndrome, compared with 42% of other children.
  • Most common conditions found in children with Down syndrome are strabismus (32%), hyperopia (62%), astigmatism (60%), nystagmus (19%)
  •  High incidence of strabismus 53% and significant refractive errors 50% (myopia/hyperopia/astigmatism) have been found in children with cerebral palsy

How is an eye test for a child with special needs different?

Our optometrists at Eyecare Kids are dedicated in providing quality vision care for all children in a sensitive and non-threatening environment. We are experienced in tailoring the eye test for the individual and their unique requirements depending on their condition, age, level of responsiveness and communication. Tests can be modified depending on the case so that your child’s vision and ocular health can be thoroughly checked.