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Back-to-School Success Starts with Good Vision

It's hard to believe that summer's almost over. Parents everywhere are making sure their kids have everything they need for the upcoming school year. And if you haven't already done so, it's also an optimal chance to bring your child in to the eye doctor for an eye exam. Vision is necessary in order to do his or her best in school. When kids grow, various developmental stages can cause changes in their eyesight. It's important to have an eye exam to pick up such changes.

A huge percentage of school-based learning is achieved visually. Yet interestingly, in spite of this overt correlation between eyesight and learning, a lot of people seem to be unaware of this, and don't include a visit to the eye doctor as part of their child's back to school preparations. As your kid's vision may change frequently, regular eye exams are crucial to their classroom success and self esteem.

Kids, it's worth noting, possess an impressive ability to function even with an issue with their sight and they might not talk about their difficulty, because they don't even realize they are having a problem seeing. It is even more important to look out for the signs and symptoms of vision problems as your child progresses in school. Some warning symptoms include not properly seeing numbers or letters, watery eyes and frequent eye rubbing, extra close reading distance, head tilting, and avoiding detailed work.

Struggling to meet the visual demands of schoolwork may impact his or her performance. Recently developed classroom technology, such as interactive whiteboards, can also potentially heighten previously hidden vision problems. When a child doesn't have good enough vision, it isn't just their performance at school that suffers. It's mentally and emotionally tough on them also.

If your child has already been tested for and fitted with glasses, now is a good opportunity to see if their prescription is still adequate. Even though your child might be able to see clearly wearing his or her older glasses, they may need to be adjusted or perhaps the optical centers of the lenses are not optimally positioned anymore due to normal growth. If children don't feel good in their glasses, they probably won't wear them much.

So don't forget to visit us when you're gearing up for the new academic year. We'll do our very best to help your child begin the year afresh with excellent vision.