As we gear up to back to school, besides the clothes, backpacks and lunch bags we’re all buying, there’s one big thing that you may not thinking of– has your child had an eye exam recently?
Eye exams are important for everyone in your family – from babies to adults, and everyone in between. They’re important to your overall health. They allow eye doctors to detect eye conditions as well as early signs of health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. While my husband and I get checkups every year, we didn’t think to do it for our kids. Because my oldest child started getting special education services at 3 1/2, we took him to get his eyes checked when he was turning 4, but we didn’t check him again until he was 7. We also decided to get my daughter (who was two months away from turning 5) checked also.
Turns out she was the one who needed glasses. Suddenly, it all made sense. Why she would fall down so much when we’d go on walks, why her teachers had complained she wasn’t paying attention…. She couldn’t see and didn’t know it wasn’t normal not to see things. It wasn’t caught in her pre-K class the year before (during the regular vision screening) or during the first two months of her Kindergarten class (the first year, she repeated Kindergarten again last year).
But we did catch it at the beginning of her school career, so we consider that lucky.
Since then, we make it a point to get all 3 kids checked every year. As you get your kids ready to go back to school, don’t forget that getting them an annual comprehensive eye exam can help them learn and experience life to the fullest.
- Many experts believe that 80 percent of what we learn is through our eyes, making a comprehensive eye exam one of the most important ways parents can give their child the best chance at success this school year.
- One in four children has an undetected vision condition.
- A child doesn’t know what good vision is if he or she has never experienced it.
- Because eye health plays a major role in academic growth, it’s common for a vision problem to be mistaken as a learning disability.
- Undetected vision conditions can negatively impact learning development and contribute to frustrated students, poor grades and behavioral issues.
Comprehensive eye exams can detect what school vision screenings cannot.
- While in-school screenings do help identify some vision problems, such as near and farsightedness, they do not test for all of the problems that a comprehensive eye exam does, like diabetes and hypertension – both growing health concerns for children.
- Two of the most common vision problems a screening can miss are eye coordination and lazy eye. These conditions can usually both be corrected as long as they identified and treated early!
Children’s eyes develop rapidly until about the age of seven – making early detection essential in correcting potentially permanent vision issues. >
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