Well, here we are again. Parents all over are going shopping for bags and books, making sure their kids have everything they need to ensure a good upcoming school year. It's also a wonderful time to take your child in for a proper eye exam.
As you might have guessed, a lot of learning is achieved through children's eyes. Despite the strong link between sight and learning, a lot of people don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and as a result, don't include a visit to the eye doctor as part of their child's back to school health check-up. It's important to know that because vision in kids changes, regular eye care is crucial to good school results and self esteem.
Kids, it's worth noting, possess an impressive ability to carry on, despite having an issue with their sight and they might not talk about their trouble, because they don't even realize they are having a problem seeing. It is even more important to monitor the signs of vision problems as your child progresses through school. Warning signs may include reversing numbers or letters, frequently watering eyes, eye rubbing, squinting, head tilting, and avoiding detailed work.
Bad eyesight and increasing demands on the eyes, like smaller print in textbooks or additional homework may noticeably affect their academic performance. New technology brought into the classroom, like interactive whiteboards, can even exaggerate previously unknown vision issues. Without adequate vision, kids can be at a disadvantage not only at school, but also mentally, physically and emotionally.
If your son or daughter already wears glasses, now is also a perfect time to reassess the suitability of his or her current frames and perhaps buy your child new glasses to start off the new year. The more a kid feels comfortable wearing his or her glasses, the more they'll be worn!
So don't forget to come see us when you're getting your kids all ready for their year. We'll do our very best to help our young patients commence the new school year with great vision.