Back to School Time is a Great Time to Examine Children’s Vision
August is National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. This provides us with the opportunity to discuss the value of routine eye exams for every child. In the same way that adults eye may not observe objects as clearly as possible, so can children’s eyes let them down. The routine eye exams that begin before a child starts school provide parents with the information they need to adequately support their children as they enter into a new learning environment.
It has been estimated that 80% of what is taught in the classroom requires visual attention. Children who cannot see the whiteboard or read the print in textbooks are missing out on vital information. They may struggle to comprehend new concepts. They may even appear to have a learning delay when the real issue is that they cannot see well enough to absorb the information being presented to them.
Studies have shown that children who see well are better students. It’s easy to see why. With most of the information coming at a child in the form of visual cues, it is necessary to accurately recognize what is presented; a “b” versus a “d,” for instance. Comprehension is the next necessity, which involves a child being able to envision what is happening based on visual clues or text. Retention is the final aspect of learning, with a child being able to recall what she learned previously.
Eye Exams Catch a Lot
Initially, children’s eye exams focus on the ability to see up close and far away. These visual acuity screenings may be all a child ever needs to ensure they can be successful at school and in sports. Sometime during early childhood, structural abnormalities may be noticed in a child’s eyes. A drooping eyelid, for instance, or eyes that tend to wander or cross. These are problems that are best treated before a child starts school and, fortunately, usually respond to conservative treatment.
Be Proactive about Your Child’s Eye Health
Eye exams are not painful for children, and they usually don’t take very long. The convenient visits with your Houston eye doctor can prevent unnecessary eye strain that leaves your child frustrated, tired, and disadvantaged in the classroom.
We’re here to serve your family’s vision needs. Call (713) 668-7337 to schedule your visit.
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