The Importance of Getting Back to School Eye Exams

we start to get ready to get the kids back to school in the fall, we purchase
the backpacks, new shoes, shirts and pants. Schedule appointment for back to
school physicals & dental cleanings, but what about an eye exam?
  • Despite
    the compelling statistics, less than half of the parents surveyed by Vision Council
    of America (VCA) had taken their child for a comprehensive eye exam in the past
  •  Close
    to ten million children in the U.S. suffer from undetected vision problems that
    may cause them to struggle in school.
  • 60 percent of children labeled as “problem” learners actually suffer from
    undiagnosed vision problems.
  • Up to fifty percent of youngsters who find
    themselves entangled with the criminal justice system have vision problems that
    were undiagnosed prior to their run-in with the law. According to a national
    organization called P.A.V.E., Parents Active for Vision Education, several
    studies over the years have found a high correlation between juvenile
    delinquency and vision problems. 
  • Experts
    estimate that 80 percent of what we learn is visual.
  •  According
    to the American Optometric Association (AOA) many parents are unaware that it
    is recommended that children receive their first comprehensive eye exams at six
    months of age to one year, again at age three, then just before starting
    kindergarten and every year after that if vision problems are detected or every
    2 years if no correction is needed. One in five children enters kindergarten
    with undetected vision problems. Five to ten percent of pre-schoolers and 25
    percent of school-aged children have vision problems.
  • Vision
    Council of America (VCA) found that only 6% of parents recognize that vision
    problems can lead to difficulties in school.
  • 70%
    of the 2 million school-age children who have difficulty in reading have some
    form of visual impairment, such as ocular motor, perceptual or binocular
  • Research
    shows that the simple vision screening, commonly used by a pediatrician or
    a school nurse, detects only 5% of all vision problems.
all the statistics aren’t enough have you seen the signs? Some of the common
signs that may indicate that a child is having trouble with his or her vision,
or could indicate that maybe some letters are backwards, upside down, sideways,
squiggly lines, print that splits into double images, or words that don’t stay
in one place or just can’t see what the teacher is doing on the chalkboard:
  •  Squinting
    eyes or closing one eye
  •  Tilting
    or turning his or her head to see more clearly
  •  Holding
    things very close to their eyes to read or their eyes are really close to their
  •  Any
    eye turn or “lazy” eye
  •  Not
    being able to see the depth of a 3D movie 
  • Difficulty
    completing assignments
  • Headaches,
    dizziness or nausea after or during reading or close work
  • Losing
    place while reading, skipping/rereading lines of print
  • Double
    vision, blurring, words overlapping
  • Fatigue, falling asleep while
    reading/avoidance of near work
  • Poor concentration, comprehension and attention span

child (or their parents, or teachers) may think they are lazy, stupid, clumsy, and
slow – you name it. They see; they just don’t see correctly; their vision is
compromised; the information they take in through their eyes is not processed
eye examinations are crucial to make sure children have normal, healthy vision
so they can perform better at schoolwork or play, the following are basic
skills related to good eyesight. If any of these skills are inadequate or
lacking, imagine how much harder it is for a child to be an efficient learner.
Imagine, too, the frustration; and, if the child has poor coping skills,
behavior problems may emerge, at home and/or in the classroom. The sooner
the problem is diagnosed the sooner the corrective action can be taken and the
sooner the child will see improvements.
  • Near
  • Distance
  • Binocular
    (two eyes) coordination
  • Eye
    movement skills
  • Focusing
    skills being able to maintain clear vision while shifting focus from a distant
    object to a near one (accommodation)
  •  Peripheral
  • Hand-eye
sure to tell your eye doctor if your child has or displays any of the
  •          A
    history of prematurity
  •          Delayed
    motor development
  •          Frequent
    eye rubbing
  •          Excessive
  •          Failure
    to maintain eye contact
  •          Inability
    to maintain a gaze (fixation) while looking at objects
  •          Poor
    eye tracking skills
  •          Has
    your child has failed a vision screening at school or during a visit to his or
    her pediatrician.
  •          Any
    previous eye problems and treatments your child has had.
  •          Any
    family history of eye problems requiring vision correction
errors (nearsightedness or farsightedness or astigmatism)
eye (strabismus/amblyopia)
 Eye diseases
Schedule a back to school comprehensive eye exam between
Aug. 4th and Aug. 31st for your student and get a free
gift from eyegotcha and with every back to school purchase of eyeglasses you
are entered in a drawing to receive a Target gift card.


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