Advice for Parents for Back-to-School Eye Exams
By Jordan Johnson, O.D. - Eye Center South
Summer vacation is over and it’s back to school time for our kids. Unfortunately, many parents overlook one important preparation: back-to-school eye examinations.
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Whether your child learns online, by classroom, or a combination of both, an eye exam should be part of your back-to-school preparation.
Despite changes this school year, eye exams for kids should remain a constant. This is especially important as reliance on technology increases.
Since the global pandemic reared its ugly head, things changed. No matter how the process looks like this school year, plan to help your child prepare.
Importance of Back-to-School Eye Exams
As your child grows, their eyes can change quite often, especially during adolescence. This is why it’s important to take preschoolers to an eye doctor to ensure their eyes are focusing well and properly aligned.
Back-to-School Eye Exams Are a Preventative Measure
This preventive measure can address various developing problems, such as poor eyesight and eyestrain. It can also address conditions that may develop later on. A yearly eye exam is necessary for your child’s overall vision and eye care.
Many Eye and Vision Problems Develop Early in Life
Many common vision disorders develop during childhood. An eye examination before school resumes will determine whether your child needs some form of vision correction. The American Academy of Optometry recommends the first eye exam at 6 months old, then 3 years old, then 5 years old, and every year thereafter.
Most Kids Do Not Realize They Have a Vision Problem
According to several studies, up to 25% of children may have undiagnosed vision problems. Many conditions won’t show symptoms in early stages either. Therefore, your child’s eyes and vision should be professionally checked annually. Preferably, before the school year begins.
The Digital Age Is Affecting Many Children’s Eyesight
Nowadays, the curriculum for school children incorporates computers and other digital technologies. Consequently, there is increased exposure to blue light coming from various digital devices. This increases their risk of developing serious vision conditions. If an eye doctor notices a problem during your child’s eye exam, your eye doctor will recommend certain interventions to address the problem immediately.
The sooner you identify an eye or vision problem, the better your child’s eye health will be. Every parent wants their kid to succeed. Excellent vision allows them to do so. Most of a child’s learning is through the eyes. Therefore, back-to-school eye exams are critical.
Call Vision Center South at 1936 Ross Clark Circle, at 334-794-0585 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Johnson welcomes patients of all ages and enjoys working with families.