There’s something so invigorating about a fresh start. Yes, it’s time for school to begin, and there are bright yellow pencils, crisp folders without creases, and full boxes of crayons to fill brand new backpacks. It’s almost fun to check off the items on the Back-to-School Checklist.
When you are making your to-do list, don’t forget to call your ophthalmologist to schedule back to school eye exams for the entire family. Children’s vision can change very quickly, so it is best to have vision checked on an annual basis. And what could be a better time than right before school starts?
One of the most common complaints from students is headaches. Vision changes or blurred vision can be distracting to learning, and squinting and straining to see the board can cause headaches. Vision problems can affect school performance, and the solution may be as simple as a pair of glasses.
Some parents may rationalize that their child’s pediatrician can give a quick vision test during a sports physical, but there is much more involved in a comprehensive eye exam than just eye alignment and visual acuity. Comprehensive eye exams can diagnose much more than just nearsightedness. They also diagnose eye conditions such as:
- Strabismus—misaligned eyes
- Amblyopia—lazy eye
Give your children the best advantage this school year by having their eyes checked before classes begin. How about making it a family event and scheduling comprehensive eye exams for the entire family? You may be surprised by whose prescription has changed and who needs glasses. Making sure that everyone’s vision is clear will help your kids have that extra edge for an A+ school year!