It can take weeks to prepare for back-to-school changes. There are new classes, new schools, new activities and many people have changed. Something else that can change from one school year to the next is your vision. Sometimes these vision changes can be subtle and a student’s vision can slowly worsen, affecting how well they do in school, sports and at home. “Ten million school children in America have vision conditions that can impact learning,” reports VSP. Find out if your child’s vision has changed and what you can do about it with a back-to-school vision consultation!
Want to help your child succeed at school this year? Don’t discount the importance of a back-to-school eye exam. “….An annual eye exam should also be part of a student’s back-to-school routine. According to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q® survey, 89 percent of those surveyed incorrectly believe simple vision screenings, such as those occasionally offered at schools, are an effective way to detect vision problems. However, these screenings cannot detect potentially serious eye and overall health issues in children,” says the AOA.
“One in four children has an undiagnosed vision problem because changes in their eyesight go unrecognized by both the child and their parents or guardian,” said Andrea Thau, O.D., president of the AOA. “Making a comprehensive eye examination a priority this year is one of the single most important investments you can make in your child’s education and overall health. While schools typically offer basic vision screenings, these often create a false sense of security by missing significant problems. A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to properly diagnose and treat vision and eye health issues.”
Your child’s vision can change dramatically between the ages of 6-18. If not caught and treated, these vision changes can trigger behavioral and attention problems at school. The AOA “encourages parents to start the school year on a healthy note by making comprehensive eye exams a priority and maintaining proper eye health throughout the year.” We at Peepers Optical couldn’t agree more!
The most common is a problem that school-administered tests don’t catch is issues with eye coordination. The technical term for problems with eye coordination is “binocular vision dysfunction.” Why should you be concerned about it? It can result in significant reading problems.
Another condition often overlooked is farsightedness–where you can’t see up close. More often, at school screenings they are asking kids to view a chart 20 feet away, but don’t ask about their near vision.
And finally, an issue commonly overlooked in a school-administered screening, is amblyopia, or “lazy eye.” This condition describes when one eye wanders and doesn’t join the other eye in the focusing process. To compensate, the brain begins to ignore the visual input from the lazy eye which can result in lifelong vision loss and problems.
An eye exam is a perfect time for you to open up a dialogue between yourself and your eye doctor about your current eye health and needs. During your eye exam, your eye doctor will determine if you need a prescription for contact lenses or eyeglasses, or if you need changes to your current prescriptions.
Eye exams also give your eye care professional the opportunity to evaluate your eye health to see if you have any common eye diseases, and to discover how your eyes are working together.
At Peepers Optical, our Denver, CO, team of eye doctors and certified opticians are highly trained in performing a range of eye tests and exams. In addition to basic vision screening, we conduct eye health evaluations, prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, and check for any signs of ocular disease. Call (303) 223-0401 to schedule an appointment for better vision!