Parents, does your child need glasses? If you’re not sure, now is the time to get an eye exam as part of your back-to-school readiness preparations. School shopping should include vision care and eyewear to ensure your child has everything they need to be successful in school. The first few years of learning is the most critical, so getting an eye exam should be a standard part of your plan just like buying school supplies.
Experts estimate that up to 80% of the learning a child does in the first few years is visual. Undiagnosed vision problems affect other areas of your child’s life. Children are not often able to articulate what is troubling them. If they cannot read what the teacher writes on the board or things are out of focus it makes it difficult to pay attention.
Why Eye Exams are Important for Kids
There is a direct connection between the brain and the eyes. In young children, this connection is still developing and any deficits can slow down this progress. Children should have their first eye exam at 3 years of age, and the second at 5 years. After the age of 5, they should see an optometrist yearly.
Visual Screening May Not Be Totally Accurate
What many parents are not aware of is that a child can pass a vision screening and still have vision problems. Basic screening tests measure the distance a child can see and be able to distinguish words. It does not, however, test for eye movement, visual tracking, and how well the eyes work together to focus. Eye movement determines how the brain processes the information it receives.
A child who sees things blurry or out of focus may not know that others don’t see things the same way. He or she may just accept that as normal and find ways to compensate for it. Kids who can see well enough to get by can pass an eye exam.
Our professionals at Broome Optical an detect early signs of decreased vision and treat it promptly to prevent further vision loss. When you are getting your child ready for school, don't forget to stop by Broome Optical for the best eye care in Amarillo!