Well, the summer's end is near. Moms and dads everywhere are making sure their children have all the gear they need for the upcoming academic year. And if you haven't already done it, it's also a great time to take your son or daughter in to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam. Proper vision is necessary for optimal academic performance. When children grow, all sorts of developmental stages can sometimes lead to changes in their vision. An eye exam helps to identify these changes.
Most progress at school is achieved visually. Despite the well-known correlation between sight and learning, a lot of people underestimate or are simply uninformed about vision problems, and don't get their child's eyes checked often enough. It's important to know that because vision in kids changes, regular eye and vision care is crucial to their academic success and self esteem.
Kids, it's worth noting, have the astounding ability to carry on, despite having an issue with their vision and they might not talk about any trouble, because they don't even know they don't see the world the same way their peers do. It is extra important to look out for the signs of vision problems as your child progresses in school.
Struggling to meet the visual demands of the classroom and school work may noticeably affect their academic performance. Technology that's recently been integrated into the classroom, like interactive whiteboards, can sometimes exaggerate less obvious vision problems. Without adequate vision, kids can be at a disadvantage not just at school, but also mentally, physically and emotionally.
If your child already wears glasses, the start of the school year is a good opportunity to reassess the suitability of his or her current frames and maybe buy new glasses for your child for the new school year. If kids don't feel comfortable in their glasses, they probably won't wear them much.
So don't forget to stop by to see us when you're gearing up for the new academic year. We'll do all we can to help our young patients commence the new school year with great vision.