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As summer winds down and class lists arrive in the mail, parents are getting ready to send their children back to school with all of the basics; notebooks, pencils, erasers, etc. Even with all this preparation, you may be overlooking something critical to your child’s school success - their eyes. When was your child’s last eye exam? Are their eyes ready for the challenges of school, sports and other activities?
Experts agree that 80% of a child’s learning is performed through their eyes and that as many as 1 in 4 students has a visual impairment. Children with undetected vision problems can have difficulty learning and reading, causing frustration and leading to disruptive behavior in the classroom. Catching a vision problem early is the best way to ensure success in school. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends children have their first eye exam at age 6 months. As a child grows, their eyes grow and their vision changes. Many adolescents have significant growth spurts, which can warrant an eye examination by an ophthalmologist to determine if their vision has changed.
Here are some warning signs that parents can look for if they are concerned their child might have a vision problem. If your child displays any of these signs, be sure to get them examined by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, affects approximately 25% to 33% of the population in the United States. There are no definitive causes of Myopia. One theory suggests Myopia might develop as a result of excessive accommodation or the changes in optical power to maintain a clear image (focus) on an object as its distance varies and uncoordinated ocular growth in response to prolonged near work. While there are many trials studying the effects of contact lenses and medication on children with Myopia, there are also lifestyle factors believed to impact nearsighted children. Playing outdoors might actually protect or slow the progression of myopia in children. The decreased accommodative demand outdoors, pupil constriction in bright light or the direct effect of light exposure may all contribute to the protective effect on children. Not only will playing outside contribute to healther, more active and happier children but also may improve their eyesight as well. So get outside and play!
Dr. Finlay has been honored by Moffley Media in their January 2012 Top Doctor's Issue of Greenwich, Stamford,Fairfield Living, Westport and New Canaan/Darien magazines. Each year Moffley Media highlights a small number of Fairfield County physicians who are awarded the title Top Doctor. Dr. Finlay has been named a Castle-Connolly Top Doctor for the past 5 years.
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Student Sponsors Eyeglasses Drive for Dominican Republic
Alex Hallahan, a student at Barlow Mountain Elementary School, sponsored an eyeglasses drive for people in the Dominican Republic for 2 weeks this February. He helped make a poster and donation box for parents, students and staff to donate their used glasses. Alex made announcements at the end of the day reminding students to bring in their glasses. “I wear glasses, too, and I know what these people are going through. It feels good to get them glasses so they can see better.” He adds, “It was fun to do the announcements and check the box every day.”
Dr. Alexis Finlay, an ophthalmologist in Ridgefield, is heading to the Dominican Republic with the Volunteer Health Program for her third mission this March. She will be medically and surgically treating patients as well as distributing eyeglasses. “A pair of eyeglasses can allow them to work, care for their children, or grow up able to read and learn,” says Dr. Finlay. “Your old eyeglasses donation can change someone’s life.”