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Make an Eye Checkup Part of the Back to School Routine

Back to school season is in full swing. Before going back to school, the American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests a check-up with the optometrist. Proper vision is crucial to the learning process and a child's success in school. There are many subjects that demand visual skills, such as reading, writing and computer work, which children are required to perform everyday. Despite this, studies prove that 86 percent of children start the school year without any eye check up.

Often the problems a child deals with in school may be the result of vision impairment. The number of students who are affected by undiagnosed problems with eyesight is exceedingly high. Over 60% of children identified as students with learning-disabilities really have undiagnosed vision problems. Your child will be much better off if you take a proactive role in ensuring your child is seeing properly.

Don't push off your child's first vision test until kindergarten. Pediatricians should recommend a dilated eye exam to discover any major eye problems by the age of two months. Every child should have a thorough eye examination by age three, because early intervention can affect development. Additionally as a parent, it's important to make sure your child enjoys reading. Generally, most kindergarteners are excited to look at books and attempt to read. Children that don't read books may have a vision impairment. A comprehensive vision check-up by a pediatric optometrist should be one of the tools used in making a diagnosis. For an eye exam for your child, call us to schedule an appointment.

Remember that the sooner a vision impairment is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful. And vision is a critical component for school work. If a child's vision is limited, increasing visual requirements such as smaller print in textbooks or more homework can considerably alter a student's performance. Additionally new technology in the classroom, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can also potentially make less obvious vision problems worse. A student with poor vision is affected both at school, and emotionally and physically. This year, ensure your child a great year in school, by making sure their eyesight is in perfect condition. Contact us for an eye exam today.

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