Roughly 80% of progress at school is accomplished with the use of a child's eyes. But even with this overt connection between sight and learning, a lot of people don't seem to be aware of how frequently occurring vision problems are, 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 kids changes, regular eye exams are central to success at school.
It is extra important to look out for the signs and symptoms of vision problems as your child progresses in school. Some warning symptoms include reversing numbers or letters, frequently watering eyes, eye rubbing, extra close reading distance, head tilting, and avoiding detailed work.
Not being able to meet the visual demands in the classroom may impact his or her academic growth. New educational technology, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can sometimes provoke less obvious vision problems. When a child doesn't have good enough vision, it isn't just their performance at school that is affected. It's mentally and emotionally tough on them too.
If you're the parent of a child who wears glasses already, now is also a great time to see if their current frames are right for them. Even when a child can see well with his or her old glasses, the fit might be wrong or perhaps the optical centers of the lenses are not optimally positioned anymore due to normal growth. The more your child feels comfortable wearing his/her glasses, the more likely he or she will wear them.
Make sure you make time to come see us as part of your back-to-school routine. We want to help your child start the academic year with their vision in check.