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BACK TO SCHOOL EYE EXAMS : TREATING VISION PROBLEMS

According to the America Optometry Association (AOA), “1 in 4 children has a vision-related condition.” Vision related conditions can take a toll on not only how your child’s health but also how they see in school, perform in the classroom, participate in after school activities, and even how well they can interact with their peers. This school season when you are going through your child’s back to school list – a back to school eye exam should be at the top of your list. Back to school eye exams are imperative for not only the health of your child but also their success as a student. Your child’s poor vision can be affecting many different aspects of their life, growth, and even development if left untreated.

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Vision in the Classroom

The AOA estimates that “60% of learning disabilities are associated with vision problems” which is quite a staggering number but understandable, because how can your child perform academically if they cannot see their books, the whiteboard, or their papers? Leaving vision problems untreated can lead to many different problems for your child quickly and also down the road. Some vision problems can create blurred vision, problems with reading, and problems with attention span, difficulty understanding schoolwork, problems with hand eye coordination, developmental delays, and even can cause headaches. For some students their inability to see things properly may lead them to feeling frustrated with schoolwork, not feel confident about their learning, or even cause them to regress in their learning process. In addition, these feelings can lead to a child not wanting to participate in their favorite activities like sports or clubs. It could even lead to the students pulling away from their friends and becoming disengaged. To avoid these damaging effects, back to school eye exams are key before your child starts back to school.

Back To School Eye Exams

The easiest way to find out if your child has vision problems is to simply schedule a back to school eye exam for your child. For school-aged children, the AOA recommends an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required and for children who need eyeglasses, an annual eye exam should take place. While many schools do back to school eye screenings, these are very basic measurements and can often miss many different vision problems that a comprehensive back to school eye exam at your local optometrists would not. Besides vision problems, other eye problems that can be diagnosed with back to school eye exams include (but are not limited to) lazy eye, color blindness, eye misalignment, and more.

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Help your child not only achieve their academic dreams but their lifelong dreams by scheduling a back to school eye exam. Back to school eye exams are used for the diagnoses and treatment of different vision problems and eye health problems. Vision problems for your child can lead to many other problems such as learning problems, attention problems, developmental delays, and difficulty understanding schoolwork such as reading. Schedule your back to school eye exam today with Vision Source Specialists and allow us to help your child succeed this academic school year.


Dr. Jared Pearson O.D.

Dr. Dawn Wattenhofer O.D.