Your Child’s Vision
Parents, a comprehensive eye exam should be on your child’s back to school list to ensure they are able to maximize their potential to learn.
More than 80% of what we learn is through vision.
The ability to read the 20/20 line isn’t a guarantee that your child is not having any vision problems. In addition, a good report on a pediatrician vision screening isn’t a replacement for a comprehensive eye exam. These screenings are a wonderful thing and help to get children who are desperate for help into an eye doctor’s office, but only catch a small percentage of the various treatable conditions that are common in school aged children and teens.
The first step in the process is determining a glasses and/or contact lens prescription. Many parents don’t realize that their child doesn’t have to be old enough to read the letters on the chart or even verbalize improvements in vision during the traditional process in determining a glasses prescription. When necessary, your eye doctor can determine a glasses prescription objectively without any input from your child. This is a wonderful option, especially for children under five years of age and even special needs children and adults.
The next step is to make sure that the eyes are working well together. Eye turns, differences in prescription between the two eyes, tracking and visual processing can all adversely affect learning, but can be addressed during an eye exam. A small eye turn or difference in prescription between the two eyes can lead to problems with one eye not developing properly and limiting potential vision in the future. If caught early, correcting vision with corrective lenses, prism or even vision therapy can minimize or eliminate the risk of damage. Tracking and visual processing issues are usually harder for parents to notice at home, but can make it difficult for a child to read and process what they are reading effectively. These issues can be addressed with adjustments to a glasses prescription or vision therapy.
Dry eye, allergies and other eye conditions like retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer in children, can also be caught and treated before any issues develop.
Consider contact lenses as an option for children who are very active. Daily disposable contact lenses which can be thrown away every day, allow us to fit children and adults for things like swimming and other active sports. They are much less likely to cause eye infections, are healthier for the eyes and eliminate the need for contact lens solutions and meticulous care and lens storage.
At LOOK Eyecare & Eyewear, we know that you want the best for your children, so before heading back to school, be sure to get your child in for a comprehensive eye exam to keep them on the path to successful learning.