It’s hard to believe it’s already August, right? Kids everywhere are getting ready for the rapidly approaching academic year, with their brand new bags, textbooks and a whole lot of energy. This is the perfect opportunity to take your son or daughter to get an eye exam, if you haven’t already covered that base.
Approximately 80% of progress at school is achieved visually. Yet interestingly, in spite of this overt connection between vision and learning, a lot of people don’t realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and as a result, don’t include eye exams as part of their child’s back to school to-do list. It’s important to know that because vision in children changes, regular eye exams are central to success at school.
As children go through school, it becomes increasingly important to keep an eye on their vision. Telltale signs may include reversing numbers or letters, frequently watering eyes, eye rubbing, extra close reading distance, avoiding small print, and head tilting.
Struggling to meet the demands schoolwork can make on a student’s eyes can noticeably affect their academic performance. Technology that’s recently been integrated into the classroom, like interactive whiteboards, can also potentially exacerbate subtle but significant vision problems. If a student doesn’t have good enough vision, it isn’t just their school work that is affected. It’s mentally and emotionally challenging for them also.
If your child has already been fitted for glasses, the start of the school year is a perfect time to consider buying a new pair of frames. If you want a student to wear his glasses, he better be comfortable in them!
Find a good time to make an appointment to see us when you’re gearing up for the new school year. We’ll help our young patients start the academic year with excellent vision.