Roughly 80% of progress at school is achieved through the use of a child's eyes. But even with this strong connection between vision and learning, a lot of people underestimate or are simply unaware of the significance of vision problems, 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. As your child's vision may change frequently, regular eye exams are necessary for success at school.
It is especially important to monitor the signs and symptoms of vision problems as your child progresses in school. Some warning symptoms include confusing numbers or letters, frequently watering eyes, eye rubbing, squinting, avoiding small print, and head tilting.
Not being able to meet the visual requirements of the classroom and school work may noticeably affect their academic performance. New technology brought into the classroom, such as interactive whiteboards, can also potentially heighten previously unknown vision problems. Without adequate vision, kids can be at a disadvantage not only in the classroom, but also mentally, physically and emotionally.
If you're the parent of a child who wears glasses already, the start of the school year is a good opportunity to consider buying a new pair of frames. If kids don't feel good in their glasses, they probably won't wear them much.
So be sure to come see us when you're getting your kids ready for their year. We'll do our very best to help our young patients begin the year afresh with their vision in check.