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It's been a great summer and it's hard to believe it's already August. Parents everywhere are making sure their children have all the gear they need to ensure a good school year. And if you haven't already taken care of it, it's also an optimal opportunity to take your child in to the eye doctor for an eye exam.

As you might have guessed, a lot of school-based learning is achieved visually. Despite the obvious correlation between eyesight and learning, many parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and as a result, don't get their child's eyes checked often enough. As your child's vision may change frequently, regular eye care is necessary for success at school.

School-aged children have the amazing ability to carry on, despite having an issue with their vision and they might not talk about their trouble, as they themselves do not realize they are having a problem seeing. It is especially important to look out for the indicators of vision problems as your child progresses in school.

Not being able to meet the visual requirements in the classroom may impact his or her performance. Technology that's recently been integrated into the classroom, such as interactive whiteboards, can sometimes exaggerate subtle but significant vision problems. When a child doesn't have good enough vision, it isn't just their school work that suffers. It's mentally and emotionally taxing too.

If your child has already been tested for and fitted with glasses, now is also a perfect time to consider buying a new pair of frames. Even though your child might be able to see clearly with his or her older glasses, they may need to be adjusted or perhaps the lenses are not optimally positioned anymore due to normal development. The more a kid likes and feels comfortable in his/her glasses, the more likely it is that he/she will wear them.

So don't forget to visit us as part of your back-to-school routine. We want to help our young patients commence the academic year with great vision.