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Why Children Need Eye Exams Too!

Kid’s Vision

Seeing Through the Eyes of a Child

Think all children have healthy eyes and good vision?

Think again. 1 in 4 have a vision problem that can cause problems in learning and behavior.

It’s easy to understand why. Because nearly half of all American children haven’t had a real, quality eye exam. Many need glasses, and don’t even know it! And, because virtually everything kids learn comes through their eyes, they’re at a severe disadvantage in school and other activities when they can’t see well.

Vision Problems Can Spell Other Problems for Kids

Too often, a child who can’t see well is misdiagnosed with a totally unrelated behavioral problem like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).  This misdiagnosis can then start a frustrating chain of events for parents and kids alike, from unnecessary doctors visits and special classes to medications.  When, in reality, the true solution might be right before their eyes: a simple pair of glasses!

School Vision Screenings Don’t Make the Grade!

If you’re like many parents, you trust the vision screenings given at your child’s school to be all they need for seeing their best.

Wrong!

These simple eye checks can detect some basic problems, but not all. To do their very best in school, and in life, your child needs a quality, comprehensive eye exam from an Eye Care Professional!

How Can I See a Vision Problem in My Child?

When you know what you’re looking for, it can be relatively easy to spot a problem with your child’s vision. Keep an eye out for these symptoms or behaviors:

  • Avoiding or not liking reading
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty throwing or catching a ball, copying from a chalkboard or tying their shoes
  • Pulling a book in close to their face, or sitting too close to a TV
  • Lots of blinking or eye rubbing
  • Guiding their eyes with a finger or pencil while reading
  • Falling performance in school

Remember, your child can’t explain that they have a vision problem – they have no understanding of what it means to see properly! So don’t leave their eye health up to them; make sure they get a quality eye exam!

Get Their Eye Exam on the Calendar!

It’s recommended that kids have a comprehensive eye exam  when they’re 6 months, three years and five years old. After that, they should have one every year – or every two years if no correction is needed.

Make sure your child does there very best in school – and in life – schedule their exam today!

HEALTH TIP

When it comes to children’s vision, average school vision screenings just don’t make the grade! Be sure your children have a comprehensive eye exam given by an Eye Care Professional. Just about everything a child learns is acquired through their eyes, so it’s really important they always see their best!

 

 

 

Article from http://www.thinkaboutyoureyes.com/