It's hard to believe that summer's almost over. Boys and girls everywhere are getting pumped for the new academic year, with school bags, textbooks and a whole lot of enthusiasm. It's also the perfect time to take your child in for a proper eye exam. Proper vision is essential for success in school and as your child gets older, there are several developmental stages that can lead to changes in his or her eyesight.
As you might have guessed, a lot of school-based learning is accomplished with children's eyes. Despite the overt correlation between vision and learning, a lot of parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and don't include a visit to the eye doctor as part of their child's back to school health check-up. As your child's vision may change frequently, regular eye exams are crucial to good school results and self esteem.
Kids, it's worth noting, have a truly impressive ability to work with a vision problem. As children go through school, it becomes increasingly important to keep tabs on their eyesight. Warning signs may include trouble seeing numbers or letters, watery eyes and frequent eye rubbing, extra close reading distance, avoiding small print, and head tilting.
Impaired vision and growing demands on the eyes, like smaller print in textbooks or additional homework can impact his or her academic growth. Recently developed educational technology, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can also potentially exaggerate previously unknown vision problems. Without adequate vision, kids can be at a disadvantage not only in the classroom, but also mentally, physically and emotionally.
If your child has already been fitted for glasses, now is also a good opportunity to see if they need new glasses. Even when a child can see with his or her current pair of glasses, the fit might be wrong or perhaps the optical centers of the lenses no longer align with the child's eyes due to normal growth. If you want the student to wear his glasses, he better like how he feels in them!
Find a good time to make an appointment to see us as part of your back-to-school routine. We'll help all the kids we treat start the year afresh with vision that's in excellent condition.