We have had some amazing weather this summer, and of course, August marks the time during which we need to start our back-to-school lists for the kids (they won’t do it themselves!). The requisite trips to the mall for new clothes, shoes, backpacks etc. are usually prioritized, but what about your kid’s eyes?
Up to 80% of learning is visual, and as many as one in seven children may have a vision disorder that could affect their performance in school. Sometimes parents, teachers and even the child may not be aware of any problems with vision. Certainly symptoms such as squinting, headaches, trouble reading for extended periods, and complaints of vision need to be followed up, but what about the child who is struggling through their school year, unaware of any issues with their vision?
This scenario is more common than you might think. Children, particularly those under the age of 10, often do not notice a vision problem. They naturally think that everyone sees the way they do, as they have nothing to compare it to.
We often hear comments from parents like “I’m sure she is fine – she can spot things far away a lot sooner than we can”. This information actually tells us very little about someone’s overall vision capabilities, and actually tells us nothing about the ability for the child to perform complex distance-near focusing or prolonged reading tasks required during the school year.
Check off one of the most important items on your back-to-school list and book your kids in for an eye exam, before the rush starts!