Back to School Eye Care for Children
By Floyd Miller
Good eyesight is critical to a child’s achievement from Pre-Kindergarten through college years. As much as 80% of everything students understanding is through their eyes and their academic performance can suffer if their eyesight isn’t executing properly.Did You Know? • One in four school age children suffer from poor vision and most don’t even know it. Children who’ve never been able to see clearly don’t know the difference, and having this condition reversed opens up a whole new world. Once fuzzy scribbles on a chalk board are suddenly sharp and clear. Formerly confusing assignments make perfect sense when you can see them. Having perfect vision greatly improves your child’s chances of succeeding in school. • Many children are labeled with behavior problems or learning disabilities when in reality they’re suffering from poor vision. School, which was once a boring and frustrating experience takes on a whole new aspect when you can read as well as the other kids. Eye ExamDuring a pediatric eye exam your child will be tested for nearsightedness, farsightedness, eye coordination, astigmatism, eye focusing abilities and eye muscle functions. Each of these screenings is necessary to evaluate your child’s vision.What to look forWhile many children are unaware they have trouble seeing, their symptoms may give clues. Watch for these warning signs. • An eye that turns in, out, up or down frequently• Difficulty with hand-eye coordination• Sitting too close to the TV• Excessive rubbing of the eyes, or blinking• Closing one eye in order to see better• Holding reading material close to the eyes• Using a finger to maintain place when readingCommon and correctable conditions are Strabismus, a disorder where the two eyes do not line up in the same direction; more commonly called cross-eyes. With Amblyopia or lazy eye, an eye loses the ability to see details. Who Should I see for an Eye Exam?• Optometrists: Vision and Eye Care Optometrists examine eyes for both vision and health problems, and correct refractive errors by prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. • Ophthalmologists: Total Eye CareOphthalmologists are physicians. They go to medical school, complete a one-year internship and a residency of three or more years. Trained to perform eye exams, diagnose and treat disease, prescribe medications and perform surgery, ophthalmologists also write prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses.Back to school means back to learning, and the best way to help your child have a great school year is with great vision. Call 325-670-3460 for your appointment today. For more information about eye care please visit www.DrCharlotteAkor.com.