It’s that time of year again. Parents all over are making sure their kids have all the gear they need to ensure a good academic year. And if you haven’t already taken care of it, it’s also an optimal time to take your son or daughter in to the eye doctor for an eye exam.
As you might have guessed, a lot of school-based learning is accomplished with the use of a child’s eyes. Despite the obvious correlation between vision and learning, many parents seem to be unaware of this, and don’t get their child’s eyes examined frequently enough. It’s important to know that because vision in kids changes, regular eye exams are crucial to good school results and self esteem.
Kids, it’s worth noting, have the impressive ability to function even with a vision problem. It is especially important to look out for the signs and symptoms of vision problems as your child progresses in school. Some warning symptoms include reversing numbers or letters, watery eyes and frequent eye rubbing, extra close reading distance, avoiding small print, and head tilting.
Inadequate eyesight and growing demands on the eyes, like small type in textbooks may potentially affect his/her performance. Technology that’s recently been integrated into the classroom, like interactive whiteboards, can even exaggerate less obvious vision problems. Without adequate vision, kids can be at a disadvantage not only at school, but also mentally, physically and emotionally.
If you’re the parent of a child who wears glasses already, now is a great time to see if they need new glasses. If kids don’t feel good in their glasses, they probably won’t wear them much.
Make sure you make time to come see us when you’re getting your children prepared for their year. We’ll do all we can to help our young patients commence the academic year with great vision.