Back to School: Children’s Eye Exams Help Learning

Child Eye Exam

Children’s eye exams can provide the answers concerned parents are looking for. Does my child need glasses? Are my children’s vision problems affecting their schoolwork?

Before you send your children back to the classroom, bring them to the optometrist. Comprehensive diagnostic children’s eye exams benefit everyone — child, parent and teacher.

Vision Is Key to Learning

It’s not hard to believe that a vision problem could get in the way of your child’s learning, but just how much do children truly depend on vision for learning? According to the American Optometric Association, 80 percent of a child’s learning happens through the eyes.

School does not involve just watching the teacher. Students must be able to read the chalkboard and their textbooks clearly, and see a computer screen clearly.

Children who don’t get eye exams may suffer unnecessarily. These children may fall behind in their lessons, become frustrated, and lose focus and attention in the classroom. Parents, teachers and doctors alike may use the symptoms as the basis for an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis, when all that’s actually needed is vision correction.

Don’t Depend on School Vision Screenings

Parents may assume that the vision screenings administered by school staff are sufficient. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In nearly every school vision screening, children are only tested on distance vision.

In reality, children’s eye exams are the only testing procedure that measures farsightedness, color detection ability, lazy eye and whether or not the eyes are working together properly. Your optometrist’s office is the proper place to get a professional diagnosis on the state of your child’s vision.

Signs Your Child May Have Vision Problems

While all children would benefit from annual eye exams, there are clear signs that point to a vision problem. Does your child complain of frequent headaches? Does your child try to avoid reading, and reading comprehension activities? Are they constantly rubbing their eyes or blinking repeatedly?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to schedule an appointment with the optometrist. Also call your optometrist if you notice any of these additional symptoms:

  • Tilting the head to the side while reading
  • Holding the book or paper close to their face
  • Frequently losing their place while reading
  • Can’t remember what they just read

Depend on Salt Lake Eye Associates for fun, friendly eye care for the whole family. Children’s eye exams are educational, helpful and they might even restore your child’s confidence in the classroom — call today to make an appointment.