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Infant Eye Exams

East Jackson Family Medical Center is now providing Enfant VEP Vision Screening. It is recommended that the pediatric patients have the initial eye exam at six months of age and once yearly up to eight years of age at the well check-up to catch any potential problems.

More than 200,000 children are born each year with vision problems. Many of these problems go undetected until it is too late to easily correct the problem. The most common problem with children's vision is Amblyopia. Amblyopia is poor vision in an eye that did not develop normally during early childhood. It is sometimes called "lazy eye." When one eye develops good vision while the other does not, the eye with the poorer vision is called amblyopia. Usually one eye is affected by amblyopia. The condition is common, affecting four out of every 100 people. Amblyopia can be corrected if treated during early childhood.

To treat amblyopia, the child must be forced to use the weak eye. This is usually done by patching or covering the good eye. East Jackson Family Medical Center is now providing this screening and recommends that parents have this screening done during the newborn period or before age six months for best results and at all well-child visits. "Making this part of your child's routine wellness visits can be the best way to catch a vision problem soon," said Janice Sowell, RN, clinic manager at East Jackson Family Medical.

For an appointment, please call 731-425-7900.