It's hard to believe that summer's just about over. Parents all over are making sure their children have all the gear they need for the upcoming school year. And if you haven't already done it, it's also the perfect time to take your child in for a comprehensive eye exam.
As you might have guessed, a lot of school-based learning is achieved visually. Despite the strong link between eyesight and learning, many parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and as a result, don't get their child's eyes checked often enough. As your kid's vision may change frequently, regular eye care is central to success at school.
Kids possess an amazing ability to carry on, despite having an issue with their vision and they might not complain about any sort of difficulty, as they themselves do not know they don't see the world the same way their peers do. It is especially important to keep an eye out for the signs of vision problems as your child progresses through school. Some warning symptoms include confusing numbers or letters, frequently watering eyes, eye rubbing, squinting, avoiding small print, and head tilting.
Struggling to meet the demands schoolwork can make on a student's eyes can noticeably affect their academic performance. New technology brought into the classroom, such as interactive whiteboards, can even provoke previously hidden vision issues. When a child doesn't have good enough vision, it isn't just their performance at school that suffers. It's mentally and emotionally taxing also.
If you're the parent of a child who wears glasses already, now is a great time to reassess the suitability of his or her current frames and maybe buy your child new glasses to start off the new year. If kids don't feel comfortable in their glasses, they probably won't wear them much.
So be sure to come see us when you're gearing up for the new academic year. We'll do our very best to help our young patients begin the year afresh with vision that's in excellent condition.