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Be Sure An Eye Exam Is On Your Back-To-School Checklist

by Marcia Dettloff, OD on July 18, 2011

While you’re busy shopping for book bags, notebooks and calculators, don’t forget to have your child’s eyes examined.  Studies show that 80 percent of learning is done visually.  We also know that more than 20 percent of kindergarten children have vision problems.  That number climbs to between 30 and 40 percent by 12th grade.  Yet VSP’s Children’sVision Awareness Study found that almost half of children age 12 and under have never had a professional eye exam.

Parents of the majority of those children said they did not bring their children in for a comprehensive eye exam because they “had already been examined” in school or at the doctor’s office.  My blog post last year explains why a vision screening is not enough.  Even screenings performed by eye professionals miss many vision problems and conditions such as amblyopia are much more difficult to treat if not caught by age 5 or 6.

While vision problems may not be the only reason for learning difficulties, at a minimum, they are an unnecessary distraction.  And you can’t depend on children to complain when they are having trouble seeing.  Since they don’t know anything different, they don’t realize that there is anything wrong with their vision.

Call 919-439-7995 and schedule an eye exam today to ensure that your child starts the school year with clear and comfortable vision.



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