It's hard to believe it's already August, right? Boys and girls throughout the country are preparing for the next academic year, with their new bags, textbooks and of course, plenty of energy and excitement. It's also the perfect time to take your child in for a proper eye exam. Proper vision is crucial for academic success and as your son or daughter grows, there are various different stages that can lead to changes in his or her eyesight.
Most school-based learning is accomplished through the use of a child's eyes. Yet interestingly, in spite of this obvious correlation between vision and learning, a lot of parents don't seem to be aware of how common vision problems are, and don't get their child's eyes checked regularly. It's important to know that because vision in kids changes, regular eye care is necessary for success at school.
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, frequently watering eyes, eye rubbing, extra close reading distance, avoiding small print, and head tilting.
Not being able to meet the visual demands of the classroom and school work may potentially affect his/her work. New educational technology, such as interactive whiteboards, can sometimes exaggerate previously hidden vision problems. If a child 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 also.
If your child already has glasses, the start of the school year is a good opportunity to see if they need new glasses. Even though your child might be able to see clearly wearing his or her older glasses, they may not fit correctly or perhaps the lenses are not optimally positioned anymore due to normal development. If kids don't feel comfortable in their glasses, they will probably avoid wearing them.
Be sure to stop by to see us as part of your back-to-school routine. We'll do all we can to help our young patients commence the new school year with vision that's in excellent condition.
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