Teenage Vision

First Signs of Vision Trouble

The teenage years often bring about the first signs of vision problems. Inability to see at distances is common, causing problems in the classroom and a host of other activities, including driving. Many teens also engage in more intense sports, work and physical pursuits that increase the chance of eye injuries.

One in Four

Is your teen one of the 25 percent of students that require vision correction? The experts at Sabates Eye Centers diagnose and treat thousands of teenagers each year for three very common vision problems:

  • Astigmatism: Blurred vision at all distances, due to an irregularly shaped cornea. Can usually be corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Myopia: Nearsightedness caused by the eye’s inability to bend or refract light properly. Also correctable with glasses, contacts or refractive surgery.
  • Hyperopia: Farsightedness, a focusing disorder causing close objects to appear blurred. Some teens outgrow it, but most require corrective eyeglasses, contacts or refractive surgery. 

Five Common Eye Conditions in Teens

  • Allergies: Itching, redness, swelling and watering caused by allergic reaction. Usually treated with decongestants, antihistamines, corticosteroids and artificial tears.
  • Black eye: Bruising around the eye due to facial or head injury. Many heal on their own in a few days, but they can be a sign of more serious eye injury.
  • Hyphema: Bleeding within the eye caused by injury or other trauma, with the eye appearing extremely bloodshot. Less severe cases may heal on their own, but have an eye care doctor assess and decide the best course of treatment.
  • Contact lens-related infections: Symptoms include blurry vision, unusual redness, pain, tearing and discharge, as well as increased light sensitivity or feeling like something is in your eye. Keratitis is the most common type of infection, usually treated with antibacterial or antifungal eye drops.
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye): Yes, teens can get it. Classic symptoms are red, watery eyes with some discharge. If the discharge is green and pus-filled, then the infection is likely bacterial. Otherwise, it is viral. Both are contagious.

‘Four Eyes’ Solutions

Appearance can be everything to teenagers. Whether glasses have been part of their life for years, or a sudden new reality, teens may start thinking about contact lenses or corrective surgery. Put aside the idea of surgery for now. Parents should decide if their teen is ready for contacts, or help them find frames for their prescription lenses that enhance their appearance and confidence.

  • hospital admissions

    for sports-related eye injuries are people under age 25.

  • Did you know?

    Eye and vision development...

    is not complete in most people until they reach their early 20s.

  • Ask Dr. Poulose

    Q:    

    Should I be worried about excessive screen time damaging my teenager’s eyes?

    A:     

    Staring at a computer screen, smartphone or video games for long periods does not cause permanent eye damage. However, dry and tired eyes from eyestrain are common. It’s best to position the device at least 25 inches from the eyes and remember to blink and look away frequently.  

For emergency or time sensitive appointments, call 913-261-2020
or 1-800-742-0020 (toll free).

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Eye Protection and Prevention for Teenagers

What teens can do to avoid eye problems:

  • Wear protective eyewear during sports, and in labs and shop classes.
  • Exercise to improve blood circulation and oxygen levels in the eyes.
  • Avoid junk foods; high-fat foods can constrict blood flow to the tiny vessels that feed the eyes.
  • Limit computer/device screen time, blinking frequently and taking frequent breaks.
  • Get a good night’s sleep, giving your eyes the rest they need.