Many doctors emphasize that around 80 percent of learning occurs through a child's eyes. Because a child's vision may change occasionally, regular eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom performance. Surprisingly, most parents don't include vision screenings as part of their child's back-to-school health check-up. Furthermore a recent survey found that over 50% of parents don't take their child for an eye screening until age three or older. The AOA actually advises that children receive their first eye screening at half a year, then thorough eye check-ups beginning at age three, before beginning school. Check-ups should continue to be booked consistently every two years from that point on.
Often the problems a child suffers from in the classroom may result from vision impairment. The number of children who suffer from undiagnosed vision problems is extremely high. Reports demonstrate that 60 percent of children classified as students with learning-disabilities actually suffer from undetected vision troubles. Your child will be much better off if you take a proactive role in ensuring your child's vision is up to par.
Don't wait until your child enters kindergarten for his first thorough eye check-up. Pediatricians should perform a dilated eye check-up to detect any major eye problems by the age of two months. It's important to uncover any problems at a young age, since children generally respond better to treatment when diagnosed early. Furthermore as a parent, it's important to see whether your child takes time to read. Usually, kindergarteners are excited to look at books and try and decipher words. Children that don't read books may suffer from a vision issue. A complete vision examination by a pediatric optometrist should be one of the tools used in making a diagnosis. For an eye exam for your child in North Reading, MA, call us to book an appointment.
Keep in mind that the earlier a vision problem is detected and taken care of, the more likely treatment will be successful. And vision is a critical component for school. If a child's eyesight is flawed, he will have a much harder time with assignments. At the same time new technology in the classroom, such as using interactive SMARTboards, can also possibly make less obvious vision problems worse. A student with poor vision will be affected both at school, and emotionally and physically. This year, ensure your child a great year in school, by making sure their vision is in perfect condition. Call us to book a North Reading, MA eye exam today.