It’s that time of year again. Children all across North America are preparing for the fast-approaching school year, with their brand new bags, notepads and loads of energy and excitement. This is the ideal opportunity to take your child to an eye exam, if you haven’t already done so. Good vision is necessary for optimal academic performance. As kids grow, all sorts of developmental stages can cause changes in their eyesight. An eye exam helps to identify these changes.
A huge percentage of progress at school is achieved visually.
But even with this well-known connection between eyesight and learning, many parents don’t seem to be aware of how common vision problems are, and as a result, don’t include comprehensive eye exams as part of their child’s back to school to-do list. It’s important to know that because vision in kids changes, regular eye and vision care is crucial to their academic success and self esteem.
Children have a truly impressive ability to carry on, despite having an issue with their vision and they might not complain about any sort of difficulty, because they don’t actually know they don’t see the world the same way their peers do. As children go through school, it becomes extra important to monitor their vision. Telltale signs may include reversing numbers or letters, watery eyes and frequent eye rubbing, squinting, avoiding small print, and head tilting.
Not having the ability to meet the visual demands in the classroom can noticeably affect their academic performance. New educational technology, such as interactive whiteboards, can also potentially provoke previously hidden vision problems. When a student doesn’t have good enough vision, it isn’t just their school work that is affected. It’s mentally and emotionally taxing too.
If your son or daughter has already been tested for and fitted with glasses, the start of the school year is a good time to consider buying some newer frames. Even when a child can see clearly wearing his or her current pair of glasses, they might need to be adjusted or perhaps the optical centers of the lenses no longer align with the child’s eyes due to normal development. If you want a student to wear his glasses, he better like how he feels in them!