Children across the country are getting ready for a new school year. Before going back to school, the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends a visit to the optometrist. Proper eyesight is critical to the learning process and accomplishments in school. There are many tasks that demand visual skills, such as reading, writing and computer work, which children are expected to perform everyday. Despite this, studies demonstrate that 86 percent of kids start the school year without ever having a vision exam.
Many times the problems a child suffers from in the classroom can stem from sight difficulties. The number of children who are affected by undiagnosed vision problems is quite large. Over 60% of students classified as "problem learners" really have undetected vision problems. Your child will be much better off if you make it a priority to ensure your child is seeing properly.
Don't push off your child's first vision screening until kindergarten. Pediatricians should do a dilated eye check-up to discover any serious eye problems by the first two months after birth. It's important to discover any issues at a young age, because children are often more responsive to treatment when treated early. Additionally as a parent, it's important to make sure your child takes time to read. Usually, preschoolers enjoy looking at books and attempt to read. Children that don't read books may suffer from a vision issue. A comprehensive vision screening by a pediatric optometrist should be one of the tools used in making a diagnosis. For a pediatric eye exam in Potomac, MD, call us to book an appointment.
Take note that the sooner a vision impairment is identified and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful. And vision is an essential component for school work. If a child's eyesight is impaired, growing visual demands such as finer print in textbooks or additional homework can significantly change a student's success. Additionally new technological advances in the classroom, such as using interactive SMARTboards, can also possibly exacerbate less obvious vision issues. Without proper vision, students may struggle not only in the classroom, but also mentally, physically and emotionally. This year, guarantee your child a great year in school, by making sure their vision is in perfect condition. Call us for a Potomac, MD eye exam today.