Back to school season is in full swing. Before going back to the classroom, the American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests a visit to the optometrist. Healthy vision is crucial to the developmental process and a child's performance in the classroom. There are many activities that depend on optical skills, such as reading, writing and computer assignments, which children are required to perform daily. Despite the significant correlation between eyesight and learning, many parents underestimate the occurrence of students affected by eye and vision impairments.
Often the problems a child suffers from in the classroom can come from vision difficulties. The percentage of students who are suffering from undiagnosed problems with eyesight is quite large. Over 60% of students identified as students with learning-disabilities actually have undetected vision troubles. Your child will be much better off if you take a proactive role in ensuring your child is seeing properly.
Don't wait until your child enters kindergarten for his first thorough eye examination. Your child's doctor should perform a dilated eye check-up to identify any major eye problems by the first two months after birth. Every child should have a thorough eye examination by three years, because early intervention can affect development. Additionally as a parent, it's important to see whether your child enjoys reading. In general, most preschoolers enjoy looking at books and try and decipher words. Children that don't read books may suffer from a vision impairment. A thorough vision examination by a pediatric eye doctor should be one of the methods used in making a diagnosis. For a pediatric eye exam in Duluth, MN, call us to book an appointment.
Take note that the earlier a vision difficulty is identified and taken care of, the greater the chances for successful treatment. And eyesight is an essential component for school work. If a child's vision is impaired, growing visual requirements such as finer print in books or more homework can significantly change a student's success. At the same time new technology in the classroom, such as the use of interactive SMARTboards, can also possibly make less obvious vision problems worse. A student with poor vision is affected both at school, and emotionally and physically. This year, guarantee your child a super year in school, by making sure their eyesight is in perfect condition. Call us to book a Duluth, MN eye exam today.