Most progress at school is achieved visually. Yet interestingly, in spite of this strong link between sight and learning, a lot of people don’t realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, 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 exams are necessary for success at school.
It is especially important to keep an eye out for the signs of vision problems as your child progresses through school. Warning signs may include confusing numbers or letters, watery eyes and frequent eye rubbing, extra close reading distance, head tilting, and avoiding detailed work.
Struggling to meet the visual demands of schoolwork may noticeably affect their academic performance. New technology brought into the classroom, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can also potentially exaggerate 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 your son or daughter has already been fitted for glasses, now is a great time to see if their current frames are suitable and comfortable. Even though your child might be able to see clearly with his or her current pair of glasses, they might be uncomfortable to wear or perhaps the lenses are not optimally positioned anymore due to normal growth. If you want a student to wear his glasses, he better be happy them!
So be sure to visit us as part of your back-to-school routine. We’ll do all we can to help our young patients begin the academic year with great vision.