It's been a wonderful summer and it's difficult to believe it's almost over. Moms and dads all over are going shopping for bags and books, making sure their kids have all the gear they need for the upcoming school year. And if you haven't already done it, it's also the perfect chance to bring your child in for a comprehensive eye exam. Proper vision is essential for a productive school experience and as your child gets older, there are a number of stages of development that can cause changes in his or her eyesight.
Most progress at school is achieved through children's eyes. Yet interestingly, in spite of this well-known link between eyesight and learning, many parents don't seem to be aware of just how common vision problems are, and don't include a visit to the eye doctor as part of their child's back to school preparations. As your kid's vision may change frequently, regular eye and vision care is central to success at school.
It is especially important to monitor the indicators of vision problems as your child progresses in school. Some warning symptoms include confusing numbers or letters, watery eyes and frequent eye rubbing, extra close reading distance, head tilting, and avoiding detailed work.
Bad eyesight and growing demands on the eyes, like smaller print in textbooks or additional homework may noticeably affect their academic performance. New classroom technology, like interactive whiteboards, can also potentially exacerbate less obvious vision problems. When a student doesn't have good enough vision, it isn't just their performance at school that is affected. It's mentally and emotionally tough on them too.
If your child has already been tested for and fitted with glasses, now is a great time to see if their current frames are suitable and comfortable. Even when a child can see well wearing his or her current pair of glasses, they might need to be adjusted or perhaps the optical centers of the lenses no longer align with the child's eyes due to normal growth. If you want a kid to wear his glasses, he better like them!
Find a good time to come see us as part of your back-to-school routine. We'll do our very best to help your child commence the academic year with great vision.