Your Child Failed Their In-School Vision Exam. What Now?
First: don’t panic.
It’s normal to feel surprised, and even apprehensive when your child brings home a letter from the school nurse telling you they’ve failed their latest vision screening. Many students experience a decline in vision with age that’s simply corrected with glasses or contacts. Learning that your child needs corrective lenses sooner rather than later could save your little one from struggling with school, headaches, and more.
Here, we’ll check out the steps that you need to take after you find out that your child’s vision isn’t quite as solid as you thought.
Schedule an appointment with either your child’s pediatrician or an eye care professional.
While you don’t necessarily need to see your pediatrician, this can be a smart move if you have any concerns other than your child’s visual acuity. If you already have a routine appointment coming up, reach out to your pediatrician’s office to ask about including a vision screening as a part of your child’s check-up.
You can also schedule an appointment with an eye doctor to learn more about what’s going on with your child’s vision. You can choose an ophthalmologist who specializes in working with children. Your child’s eye doctor will provide a visual acuity test to confirm the school’s findings, and they’ll also screen your child for other issues that could cause visual problems.
Decide on corrective lenses.
Your child’s eye doctor will talk with you about whether your child needs corrective lenses. If your child is interested in contact lenses, your eye doctor can help you assess whether your little one is ready for that level of responsibility. Even if your child does decide on contacts, it’s important to have glasses as a backup.
Make the process of picking out glasses fun – let your child take their time trying on different styles and choosing the right look for them. Glasses will be a change for your child, and you want to be sure they’re as happy as possible with their frames.
Boost your kiddo’s confidence.
While wearing glasses or contacts isn’t a big deal for adults, it can be a big change for little ones. Talk to your child about how they feel about their corrective lenses. You may want to check in with your child’s teacher if your little learner is showing some fear or hesitation around wearing their glasses. This can also help your child’s teacher stay on high alert for any bullying issues that arise due to your child’s new look.
Rest assured – by the time your child hits their junior year of high school, about a third of their peers will also use some form of corrective lenses.
Keep up with eye appointments.
When your child’s vision declines at a young age, their prescription will likely change regularly. Keep up with annual eye appointments. If your child complains of headaches or shows a decline in performance at school, there’s a good chance that their prescription needs updating.