Nationwide Vision can help detect vision problems in young children

Posted at 7:56 AM, May 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-02 17:49:48-04

Nationwide Vision Centers is paid sponsor of Sonoran Living

Nationwide Vision Pediatric Vision Clinics
Nationwide Vision is pleased to announce the opening of their Pediatric Vision Clinics. Their offices provide a full range of pediatric eye care services for infants, toddlers, school-aged children as well as those with special needs. Their Pediatric Optometrist provides comprehensive eye health and vision examinations to ensure that every child grows up with healthy eyes and functional vision.
Why are early eye exams so important?
Children learn to see through experience, much like they learn to walk and talk. Amblyopia, otherwise known as "lazy eye," is the most common cause of preventable blindness in children. Vision loss usually occurs in one eye, although it can in rare forms affect both eyes. This type of "blindness" results from a failure to use both eyes together. It can be caused by the presence of strabismus (crossed eyes), unequal refractive error (farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism), or a physical obstruction of vision (cataract) present at birth.
If there is a large enough difference in the degree of farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism between the two eyes or if they are crossed, the brain learns to ignore the image from the amblyopic eye in favor of the other. Unfortunately, because there are often no obvious signs that a young child is favoring only one eye it commonly goes undetected until later in life.
When caught early amblyopia "lazy eye" is treatable. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Optometric Association encourage early eye exams. Parents are encouraged to have their infant's first eye exam prior to age 2.
About Nationwide Vision's Pediatric Optometrist
Dr. Ghadeer Makoshi
Dr. Makoshi attended Pacific University College of Optometry where she obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Pediatric Optometry as well as a Doctorate of Optometry in 2008. Upon graduation she was recognized with the Tole Greenstein Award for exceptional performance in the areas of binocular vision, vision therapy, and pediatric vision and the COVD Award for excellence in vision therapy.
Dr. Makoshi went on to complete a residency in pediatric optometry at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. There she received advanced training in the specialty areas of infant vision, strabismus, amblyopia, pediatric eye disease, developmental delays and premature birth. Dr. Makoshi obtained her fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in 2010.
Nationwide Vision Pediatric Services
Nationwide Vision Pediatric Optometrist manages eye conditions that can occur throughout childhood.  Their services routinely include but are not limited to the following:
 Amblyopia ("lazy eyes")
Strabismus (crossed or wandering eyes)
Blurred vision caused by nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
Eye movement disorders
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
 Hordeolum (Stye)
Blocked tear ducts in young children
 Eye injuries and infections
 Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
 Ptosis (droopy eyelids)
 Various congenital ocular abnormalities
 Evaluations for learning and reading issues
 Evaluations for eye problems associated with genetic syndromes.
 Eye screening for systemic conditions like juvenile arthritis, diabetes, neurobromatosis and others.
Additional Services Offered:
    Vision Therapy
    Pediatric glasses through our optical shop
    Visual field (peripheral vision) testing
    Ocular photography
    Coordinated eye care with various other specialists.

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Nationwide Vision Centers is paid sponsor of Sonoran Living