As the summer begins to wind down, consider scheduling an eye exam for your child as part of your back-to-school preparations. Since vision and learning go hand-in-hand, it’s no coincidence that August also happens to be Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.
Learning is a multi-sensory experience, and the sense of sight is predominantly used to collect information. According to Rob Murphy of AllAboutVision.com, “experts say that roughly 80 percent of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually.” Oftentimes, a child struggling with their school work can be misdiagnosed as having a learning disability when in some cases, a vision problem may be to blame.
Learning-related vision problems are common in school-aged children. Prevent Blindness, the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, states that one in every four children have some form of a vision problem. Most of these problems are considered refractive errors and can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. The most common refractive errors in children are nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. As the school year progresses, be aware of these symptoms as they are signs that your child’s vision may need correction:
- Headaches or tired eyes
- Short attention span
- Excessive blinking or eye rubbing
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Difficulty remembering what they read
- Losing their place while reading or using a finger to guide their eyes when reading
- Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
- Squinting, closing one eye, or tilting their head to see better
- Sensitivity to light and/or excessive tearing
- Avoiding activities which require near vision, such as reading or homework, or distance vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities
- Avoiding using a computer or tablet, because it hurts their eyes
- Receiving lower grades than usual
A comprehensive eye exam conducted by an eye care professional can effectively determine that your child’s eyes are healthy and that there are no vision problems that could hamper their academic performance. Help your child start the new school year off right. Call our office and book their comprehensive eye exam today!