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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. 

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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.

Jordan Johnson
Author: Jordan Johnson

Jordan Johnson, O.D., graduated from Purdue University at Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in 2013 before going onto obtain his Doctor of Optometry at Indiana University in 2018. Dr. Johnson specializes in providing high-quality eye care to patients of all ages. He and his wife Dara reside in Dothan and enjoy spending time with their dog Molecule.

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Back-to-School Eye Exams

by Jordan Johnson time to read: 3 min