My daughter and granddaughter both got good results from my Optometrist. But at the end of the December, I took my 6 year old grandson to my Optometrist for an eye exam. She showed me how when a pencil is pushed near his nose one eye will jump out. The exotropia has been passed down to him. This just reinforces the importance of a thorough vision screening by a qualified and trained examiner as children enter school.
His dad (my son) will need to be tested also. I’ve never seen his eye drift out, but he did struggle during some of his school years. Now I wonder if there is an underlying vision problem that we missed.
Strabismus definitely runs in families. All children should have a comprehensive vision screening in the early elementary grades. But if you have strabismus, it is even more important for your children or grandchildren to have a thorough vision exam. If they struggle to see, school will also be a struggle for them.
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