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Back To School With Good Vision


We all know why we need to wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer. Winter, however, can be deceiving. It's an illusion to assume that we are safe from sunburns during the colder season.

Snow acts as a powerful mirror for sunlight and magnifies the effects of UV rays which would otherwise be absorbed by the ground. As a result, the eyes are exposed to both the UV radiation bouncing back from the snowy carpet and the rays shining down directly from the sun.

If your family is skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains, you need to be even more careful! UV rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Another important factor to remember is that ultraviolet radiation penetrates through clouds, so even if the sun is hidden behind them, it can still damage your eyes.

Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses that absorb at least 95% of ultraviolet radiation when you go outside, no matter what time of year it is. Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more for full coverage for your eyes. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide total ultraviolet protection.

Another important factor in selecting sun wear is the size of the lenses. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Lenses that wrap around the temples will also prevent UV waves from entering from the sides.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, you should be aware that the sun's rays are stronger at higher elevations, so you need to be especially careful to keep your eyes shaded on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

Make a point to be knowledgeable about proper eye protection throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.

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.