Roughly 80 percent of learning is achieved with children’s eyes. But even with this obvious connection between eyesight and learning, a lot of parents seem to be unaware of this, and as a result, don’t include eye exams as part of their child’s back to school to-do list. It’s important to know that because vision in kids changes, regular eye care is central to success at school.
Kids, it’s worth noting, possess an amazing ability to work with a vision problem. It is especially important to look out for the indicators of vision problems as your child progresses in school. Telltale signs may include confusing numbers or letters, frequently watering eyes, eye rubbing, squinting, avoiding small print, and head tilting.
Bad eyesight and growing demands on the eyes, such as smaller print in textbooks or additional homework can affect his or her academic growth. New technology brought into the classroom, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can even provoke previously unknown vision issues. Without adequate vision, students may suffer not just at school, but also mentally, physically and emotionally.
If you’re the parent of a glasses-wearing child, the start of the school year is a great time to reassess the suitability of his or her current frames and perhaps buy your child new glasses to start off the new year. If children don’t feel comfortable in their glasses, they will probably avoid wearing them.
Be sure to come see us when you’re getting your kids ready for their year. We want to help all the children we treat begin the year afresh with excellent vision.