Children across the country are getting ready for a new school year. Before going back to school, the American Optometric Association (AOA) advises a visit to the eye doctor. Proper vision is crucial to the developmental process and performance in the classroom. There are numerous tasks that demand optical skills, such as reading, writing and computer assignments, which children are expected to perform daily. However, studies demonstrate that 86 percent of children start the school year without ever having an eye examination.
Many times the issues a child suffers from in school may be the result of vision problems. The percentage of children who suffer from undiagnosed vision problems is exceedingly high. Reports show that 60 percent of children identified as "problem learners" actually have undiagnosed vision problems. Your child will be much better off if you make it a priority to ensure your child's vision is up to par.
Don't wait until your child enters kindergarten for his first complete eye check-up. Pediatricians should perform a dilated eye check-up to discover any major eye problems by the first two months after birth. Every child should have a thorough eye examination by age three, because early intervention can make a difference. In addition as a parent, it's important to make sure your child enjoys reading. Usually, most preschoolers are excited to look at books and try and figure out words. Children that avoid books or reading may be experiencing a vision problem. A comprehensive vision screening by a pediatric eye doctor should be one of the methods used in making a diagnosis. For a pediatric eye exam in Winston Salem, NC, call us to book an appointment.
Take note that the sooner a vision impairment is detected and treated, the greater the chances for successful treatment. And vision is an essential component for school work. If a child's vision is impaired, increasing visual requirements such as finer print in books or more homework can drastically change a student's performance. At the same time new technological advances in the classroom, such as the use of interactive SMARTboards, can also possibly exacerbate less obvious vision problems. Without proper vision, students may suffer not only in the classroom, but also mentally, physically and emotionally. This year, ensure your child a super year in school, by making sure their eyesight is in perfect condition. Call us to book a Winston Salem, NC eye exam today.