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Importance of Back to School Eye Exams

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Before hitting the stores for your kids school supplies, and getting the new fall clothes, make sure to remember your child's vision exam before starting school! 

Approximately 80% of what a child learns is obtained through vision. It cannot be overstated, the importance of vision in the first years of life on learning skills such as: coordination, body-awareness, social skills, physical confidence, reading, facial recognition, memory, understanding spacial orientation and more. 

Approximately 10% of preschoolers have a vision problem significant enough to effect learning.  These could include near-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism, convergence insufficiency or others. Not all causes of vision loss or difficulty may be solved with glasses or contacts alone, such as amblyopia, congenital cataracts, strabismus, or a host of others.  Many children have difficulty explaining that there is a problem, or they may not know since they have adapted to vision they are used to.  

Parents and teachers should watch for signs that may indicate a vision problem, including:

  • Sitting close to the TV or holding a book too close
  • Squinting
  • Tilting their head
  • Frequently rubbing their eyes
  • Short attention span for the child's age
  • Turning of an eye in or out
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty with eye-hand-body coordination when playing ball or bike riding
  • Avoiding coloring activities, puzzles and other detailed activities

 - If several of these symptoms sound a lot like the symptoms of ADHD and dyslexia, that’s no accident. Not being able to focus on close objects or use the eyes together as a team can make it unpleasant and frustrating to try to concentrate on their work. This gives the child the appearance of having a disorder like ADHD. In fact, many children are misdiagnosed as having ADHD when they really just have an undiagnosed vision problem.

If you notice any of these signs in your preschooler, arrange for a visit to your eye doctor today! 

Call Soper Eye Center @ 918-687-9998 to be seen by Dr. Wilkerson or Hollifield today! 

Categories: Children's Vision

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