It's hard to believe that summer's just about over. Kids everywhere are preparing for the fast-approaching school year, with their backpacks, new books and a whole lot of anticipation. And actually, this is the perfect time to take your child to an eye exam, if you haven't already covered that base.
As you might have guessed, a lot of learning is achieved through children's eyes. Despite the overt connection between eyesight and learning, many parents underestimate or are simply uninformed about vision problems, and don't get their child's eyes checked regularly. As your kid's vision may change frequently, regular eye exams are crucial to good school results and self esteem.
Kids have the impressive ability to function even with a vision problem. It is especially important to look out for the indicators of vision problems as your child progresses through school. Some warning symptoms include trouble seeing numbers or letters, frequently watering eyes, eye rubbing, squinting, head tilting, and avoiding detailed work.
Inadequate vision and increasing visual demands such as smaller print in textbooks or additional homework can noticeably affect their academic performance. Technology that's recently been integrated into the classroom, such as interactive whiteboards, can sometimes provoke less obvious vision problems. 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 great time to consider getting some newer frames. Sometimes, although a child can see wearing his or her older glasses, they might not fit correctly or perhaps the lenses no longer align with the child's eyes due to normal development. If you want a kid to wear his glasses, he better be comfortable in them!
Make sure you make time to stop by to see us when you're getting your children prepared for their year. We'll help our young patients begin the academic year with vision that's in excellent condition.