A Back to School Eye Exam is Essential for Your Child’s Success

Summer is coming to an end, and school is right around the corner. While you are busy getting clothes, school supplies, groceries, and scheduling haircuts, don’t forget to schedule your child a comprehensive eye exam. While this tends to get overlooked, a back to school eye exam is essential for your child’s success. Here is why:

Your Child May Not Realize They Have a Vision Problem

Did you know 1 out of 4 children has an undetected vision problem? More often than not, children can’t tell you when their vision isn’t right. They often think what they are seeing and experiencing is normal. As a parent, you should be aware of behavior signs and physical changes that may indicate your child has a vision problem.

Early pediatric eye examinations are crucial to ensure your children have a normal, healthy vision so they can perform better academically and athletically. At Vision Associates, our optometrists have the experience, skills, and knowledge to detect an underlying vision problem. We will use advanced technologies to evaluate their overall vision, ocular structures, and their respective functions.

Early Detection and Diagnosis of Eye Diseases

Did you know many vision diseases and disorders tend to emerge between 18 months and four years old? Some conditions such as “lazy” eye or “crossed” eyes can be easily recognized, while others are hidden. As a parent, you need to be aware of the most common eye diseases and disorders in children. Early diagnosis and treatment through comprehensive pediatric eye examinations can reduce the impact of eye diseases that may affect your child’s physical development, school success, and general well-being.

Technology May Affect Your Child’s Eyesight

Did you know up to 80% of what your child learns in school is taught visually? Instead of using whiteboards and chalkboards, teachers are incorporating computers and technology into your child’s curriculum. This means your child will be exposed to the blue light emitted through the devices, putting them at a higher risk for developing vision problems. These conditions can range from physical fatigue and decreased productivity, to minor irritations like dry eyes or constant twitching. Our optometrist may prescribe computer eyeglasses during their comprehensive eye exam to prevent these vision problems from happening.

So, what can you do? Be proactive. Before your kids head back to the classroom this fall, visit a Vision Associates optometrist to see if they need eyeglasses or contact lenses. The comprehensive eye exam will ensure your child has the best visual acuity and optimum ocular health to perform well both academically and athletically. To schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist or optometrist call Vision Associates at 567-236-8161 (Toledo) or 419-354-3926 (Bowling Green) today.


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