It seems as though summer just began and already it’s nearly time to get ready to return to class. Does your child’s back to school list look something like this?

  1. New Outfit
  2. School Supplies
  3. School Physicals
  4. Haircut

If this is their list, there’s actually something important missing in order to prepare your kids for success in the coming school year: A Comprehensive Eye Exam.

Is an in-school vision screening enough?

There are many instances where children who were diagnosed with a behavior or learning disability when, in fact, they actually were struggling with an undetected vision problem. This can greatly hinder your child’s ability to read, learn, and progress in school. A standard in-school vision test isn’t enough to detect many of the vision problems our youth are struggling with. A professional, comprehensive eye exam with your optometrist can uncover a variety of potential vision disorders that a standard in-school test may not by looking for color vision, eye alignment, visual acuity, and even chronic diseases like diabetes.

These developmental years are essential to your child’s future visual health. While many vision problems can be treated and corrected, a child’s vision problem may become permanent or much more difficult to treat the longer it goes undetected.

Not sure how to determine if your child could be suffering from vision problems?

Here are a few warning signs:

  1. Sitting too close to the TV and/or other electronic device, or holding a book too close
  2. Using their finger as a guide and/or frequently losing their place while reading
  3. Closing one eye or tilting their head to see better
  4. Frequent eye rubbing or sensitivity to light
  5. Complaints of headaches or tired eyes

Even if your child already wears glasses, their prescription can change often as they grow. Scheduling regular eye health exams ensures they have a prescription that supports proficient hand-eye coordination, accurate eye teaming (both eyes working together in coordination), smooth alternation between close and far focusing, and efficient peripheral vision.

The new school year is right around the corner.

In between shopping for new clothes and gathering school supplies, be sure to arrange for an annual eye health exam with our optometrists, Dr. Wilson, Dr. Polito, or Dr. Zollman who specialize in children’s vision.

Send your children back to class with healthy vision!