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It’s that time of year again where summer is coming to an end and it is time to get the kids ready to go back to school. While you are making your back-to-school shopping list for new supplies, books, and clothes, don’t forget to take the time to call your child’s eye doctor in Arlington to schedule an appointment for a back-to-school eye exam.
Maybe you are super busy and your children’s vision seems fine, so you figure this year you can probably skip the eye exam; but when it comes to timing, going to an optometrist for your kids in Arlington before school starts will save you in the long run. If you skip the exam and wait it out it is possible that it will result in suffering and strain on your child, lower grades, as well as absences from school for appointments.
Visuals account for the majority of your child’s education
Children are largely dependent upon visuals when it comes to their education, starting from pre-school and all the way to college (remember that from the age of 3 is when you should start your annual eye exams for your child). In fact, in a child’s classroom, 80% of the information presented is done so visually.
It is important to ensure that your child’s vision is clear and in good health before school starts so that they don’t suffer from issues like seeing the board or doing their homework. It even goes beyond your child’s academics; poor vision can affect your child in athletics as well as their self-esteem. It isn’t uncommon that when children are diagnosed with learning disabilities that later it is discovered as correlations with vision deficiencies.
What if my child isn’t showing any symptoms of poor vision?
Many children will not realize that they are suffering from vision issues, and even if they were able to recognize it, it is highly possible they wouldn’t even mention it. However, some children will exert obvious symptoms, or in some cases, you may need to pay close attention to notice them.
Common symptoms include:
- Complaining of headaches
- Rubbing eyes often or when trying to focus
- Tilting or turning of the head to look at objects
- Shutting and squeezing of the eyes
- Wandering of the eyes
- Disinterest in reading or looking at objects far away
Common visual conditions in children
Your doctor will likely want to check that your child isn’t suffering from any of the common eye conditions that children suffer from. If he or she can catch these conditions quick enough they can be treated in the early stages and enable the possibility of your child’s vision to be restored as well as having fewer vision problems later in life. The common conditions your child’s doctor will want to check for are:
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Color blindness
Taking your child for a back-to-school eye exam is important to ensure your child starts the school year off right. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with an experienced and trusted doctor, here at First Eye Care North Arlington we can help. Don’t hesitate to contact us today.