Whether it’s dashing across the field after a soccer ball or tapping out beats on the drums, four-year-old Hudson likes to be in the thick of the action. He also has a great imagination, enjoys art projects that involve coloring, cutting and taping things together and is already beginning to recognize words and letters in books. With his great eye-hand coordination and early ability to recognize letters, his parents Matt and Emily were surprised when a KidSight vision screening at his daycare identified Hudson may have a vision problem.
“I am a physician and this is something we still would never have caught without the screening because his one eye sees so well,” said Emily. “We took [the screening results] very seriously and got [an eye exam] scheduled in the next month.”
Their eye doctor determined Hudson has anisometropia, where the vision in one eye sees clearly and the other does not. “As a physician I know that the brain ‘turns off’ the image from the eye that doesn’t see well,” said Emily. “If this is not addressed by the time the child reaches early grade school, it becomes permanent.”
Hudson was prescribed glasses to correct his vision and his eye doctor will determine if patching is necessary to further strengthen his eye after an 8-week trial period. “Hudson will have depth perception because he was identified through this program at an early age. While I believe Hudson still would have learned to read and write without intervention, he would have had more difficulty and the lack of depth perception would impact all areas of his life,” said Emily.
Hudson is doing well adjusting to his glasses and loves the style he picked out. He does a good job of remembering to put them on in the morning and is proud of the positive reinforcement he has gotten from friends and teachers at school.
“We feel so grateful to our daycare for participating in this program and for the KidSight program itself. Please know that the program is working!” said Emily. “Without the program, Hudson's vision problem would have gone undetected until it was too late. Thank you for this sight saving service.”
Emily and Matt urge other parents to get their children’s vision screened and to act if a possible vision problem is detected. “Not only is it important to go to the eye doctor to follow up, it is important to go NOW,” said Emily. “Don't wait until summer vacation or when the big project at work is done. There is a limited window of time during which interventions can still work for some eye problems.”