It's that time of year again. Parents all over are going shopping for bags and books, making sure their children have all the gear they need for the academic year. It's also a wonderful time to take your child in for an eye exam.
As you might have guessed, a lot of school-based learning is achieved with children's eyes. Yet interestingly, in spite of this well-known link between sight and learning, a lot of parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and as a result, don't get their child's eyes checked regularly. It's important to know that because vision in children changes, regular eye exams are necessary for success at school.
Children possess an amazing ability to work with an issue with their sight and they might not express their difficulty, because they don't even know they don't see the world the same way their peers do. As children go through school, it becomes even more important to monitor their eyesight.
Struggling to meet the visual demands of schoolwork can significantly affect his/her performance. Technology that's recently been integrated into the classroom, like interactive whiteboards, can sometimes exaggerate previously hidden vision issues. Without adequate vision, students may suffer not only at school, but also mentally, physically and emotionally.
If your son or daughter already wears glasses, the start of the school year is a good time to see if their current frames are right for them. Even though your child might be able to see with his or her older glasses, they may need to be adjusted or perhaps the lenses no longer align with the child's eyes due to normal development. The more a kid feels good in his/her glasses, the more they'll be worn!
Find a good time to come see us when you're getting your kids all ready for their year. We'll do all we can to help your child begin the academic year with their vision in check.