When children participate in sports while growing up, they nurture their body and mind in ways that benefit them as adults for the rest of their lives. Science has shown us that kids who perform at an early age improve their cardiovascular health, strengthen their hand-eye coordination, and develop a sense of teamwork and camaraderie that transfers to a social setting.
However, certain ailments like strabismus (misaligned eyes) can create thwart development and prevent kids from performing well in an activity that they enjoy. It’s not necessarily a matter of safety—plenty of kids with poor vision can play sports—but ultimately, sports require a full field of vision and hand-eye coordination. When a child’s field of vision is effectively cut in half, it makes them less effective, and it can be a discouraging experience.
Of course, not all kids are the same, and your child might enjoy or do well in sports regardless. However, without correcting their vision, their potential will be limited. Thankfully, loving parents and relatives can breathe a sigh of relief because modern technology and ophthalmology advancements have given children with crossed eyes a way to fully heal.
Strabismus: Identification & Treatment
Strabismus is the technical term that doctors use for patients who have crossed eyes (also known as a lazy eye). Statistics show us that 4% of the population suffers with Strabismus and causes them to avoid certain tasks that rely on healthy vision and coordination. The way this problem occurs is through the patient’s neuromuscular makeup and a weakening of brain connections that are responsible for eye movement and stability. When the connections required to control eye movement are impaired, the patient’s eyes will misalign and turn to one side or the other.
The way we treat this problem is through a series of corrective exercises that strengthen the eye, and in most cases, greatly improve their vision. For patients that deal severe case of Strabismus, corrective surgery on the internal mechanisms responsible for eye stability is the logical next-step in treatment. These methods have been shown to improve the lives of patient’s that suffer with crossed eyes and helps them lead a normal, active lifestyle.
For individuals and families who want their children to enjoy playing sports like any other kid, we encourage you to reach out to us to see if your child is eligible for treatment. We are only a phone call or email away from starting their journey to healthy vision!