It's hard to believe that summer's just about over. Boys and girls across the country are preparing for the next school year, equipped with backpacks, notepads and a whole lot of anticipation. This is the ideal opportunity to take your son or daughter to an eye exam, if you haven't already.
Roughly 80 percent of school-based learning is achieved visually. Despite the strong link between vision and learning, many parents don't seem to be aware of just how frequently occurring vision problems are, and don't include a visit to the eye doctor as part of their child's back to school health check-up. As your child's vision may change frequently, regular eye and vision care is central to doing well in at school.
Kids, it's worth noting, have a truly amazing ability to function even with an issue with their sight and they might not express their difficulty, because they don't even realize they are having a problem seeing. It is extra important to monitor the signs and symptoms of vision problems as your child progresses through school.
Struggling to meet the demands schoolwork can make on a student's eyes may potentially affect his/her progress. Recently developed educational technology, like interactive whiteboards, can sometimes heighten previously hidden vision issues. Without adequate vision, kids can be at a disadvantage not just in the classroom, but also mentally, physically and emotionally.
If you're the parent of a child who wears glasses already, now is a good time to consider getting some newer frames. The more your child is content with his or her glasses, the more they'll be worn!
So don't forget to visit us when you're getting your children all ready for their year. We'll do our very best to help our young patients begin the new school year with great vision.