By the time September rolls around most parents and kids alike cannot wait for the school doors to open again. There is a lot of preparation that goes into getting the kids ready, from books and supplies to clothes and other learning materials, it is also important to make an annual eye exam part of your child’s back to school routine.
Eye disorders and vision problems can actually delay your child’s educational development and can even cause behavioral problems. The child may display an aversion to reading and may act out frequently in the classroom. In some cases parents or teachers may even notice a lack of hand-eye coordination and/or difficulty with physical activities and sports. For the child, as well as the parents this can be a very frustrating process. Vision problems can often start out as headaches, and can even lead to several puzzling trips to the doctors office.
If you feel that your child may be displaying one or all of these symptoms, a trip to the optometrist to check visual development should be scheduled. Children with vision problems may have obvious signs and symptoms, but sometimes a little probing is necessary. As part of the recommended visual exam schedule, your child should visit the optometrist yearly to make sure their visual development has not been delayed. If vision problems are detected, the appropriate prescription can be given to help improve your child’s learning and development.