New Northwest Arkansas eye doctor specializes in children

FAYETTEVILLE — Parents in Northwest Arkansas no longer have to travel far to find a doctor who specializes in eye treatment for children.

Vold Vision has hired its first pediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. Sharon Napier. Napier trained residents and fellows for about 20 years at the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine.

“What goes on in childhood with your eyes can affect your vision for the rest of your life,” Napier said.

She sees kids for issues such as strabismus, or “crossed eyes,” a condition she said is commonly misunderstood as an issue that cannot be fixed. Strabismus is caused by poor eye muscle control and can affect children’s hand-eye coordination. It can be treated with glasses or surgery, she said.

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