It’s August and a lot of kids are gearing up to head back to school and some have already started. Sending kids into the classroom with the right tools is a priority for parents, many have even made it a tradition involving a family trip to the nearest Staples to load up. But there’s one tool that can’t be repurchased or replaced each year and that is your child’s vision.
A back-to-school eye exam is the perfect opportunity to catch, or simply rule out, any underlying vision disorders or eye problems. As you’ll read in the articles below, a child’s visit to the optometrist is typically quick and painless. This includes pre-school children: According to the American Optometric Association (AOA) 1 in 5 Preschoolers have vision problems – read the AOA’s Pediatric Guideline Brief here.
Here’s a roundup of articles and blog posts addressing back-to-school eye exams and children’s vision:
- What You Don’t Know About Children’s Eye Exams But Should – Totally the Bomb
- Laying The Foundation For A Lifetime of Eye Health – KevinMD
- Back to School Eye Exams For Kids – Honey & Lime
- 5 Things You Should Know About Your Child’s Vision and Eye Health – Hispana Global
Finally, here is an important takeaway from the AOA’s pediatric guideline brief:
Children often don’t know how they should see or feel, and so may not report if something is wrong. If a child’s eyes and vision suffer, so too will their general health and ability to engage in normal childhood activities.