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Make an Eye Checkup Part of the Back to School Routine


Many professionals emphasize that around 80 percent of learning comes through a child's eyes. Because a child's eyesight can change occasionally, consistent eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom success. Surprisingly, most parents don't make sight exams part of their child's back-to-school doctor's visit line-up. Additionally according to a recent survey over half of parents don't bring their child for an eye test until they are three. In truth, the AOA suggests that kids have their first sight examination at half a year, then complete sight screenings starting at age three, before entering school. Screenings should continue to be booked consistently every two years after.


Many of the issues a child suffers from in school may be the result of vision problems. The percentage of children who suffer from undiagnosed problems with eyesight is quite high. Reports indicate that 60 percent of children identified as students with learning-disabilities really have undiagnosed vision troubles. You can avoid potential problems if you make it a priority to ensure your child's vision is up to par.


Don't delay your child's first vision screening until kindergarten. Pediatricians should do a dilated eye check-up to discover any major eye problems by the first two months of life. Every child should have a thorough eye exam by age three, since early intervention can affect development. Furthermore as a parent, it's important to make sure your child takes time to read. Generally, most kindergarteners enjoy looking at books and try and decipher words. Children that avoid books or reading may be experiencing a vision impairment. A complete vision screening by a pediatric optometrist should be one of the methods used in making a diagnosis. For an eye exam for your child call us to book an appointment.


Take note that the earlier a vision problem is identified and treated, the greater the chances for successful treatment. And eyesight is a key component for school. If a child's eyesight is flawed, increasing visual demands such as finer print in textbooks or additional homework can drastically change a student's success. Additionally new technological advances in the classroom, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can also possibly make less obvious vision problems worse. A student with poor vision is affected both at school, and emotionally and physically. Before school starts this year, make sure your child's vision is on par! Call us to book your child's eye exam today.

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