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A Strong School Year Starts With Good Vision

clipart 025It's hard to believe that summer's almost over.  Parents everywhere are making sure their children have all the gear they need for the academic year.  And this is the perfect time to bring your son or daughter in to get their yearly eye exam, if you haven't already covered that base. Good vision is necessary for optimal academic performance.  The visual system – eyes, nerves, muscles and brain develop over the first 8 to 9 years of life. It's important to have yearly eye exams to monitor visual development and treat any abnormalities that can lead to life long visual impairment.

As you might have guessed, the majority of school-based learning is accomplished through vision.  Despite the link between sight and learning, many parents underestimate or are simply unaware of the significance of vision problems, and as a result, don't include comprehensive eye exams as part of their child's back to school to-do list.  It's important to know that the alignment of the eyes, resulting in binocular vision, and ease of focus are essential to develop good reading skills.  Regular eye and vision care is crucial to success in school and a child’s self esteem.

It is especially important to monitor the indicators of vision problems as your child progresses through school. Decreased vision, defective binocular function or problems with focusing become more important with increasing  visual demands like smaller type in textbooks. New educational technology, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can even exaggerate previously hidden vision problems.  Without good vision and visual skills, students may suffer not just in the classroom, but also mentally, physically and emotionally.  Good vision and eye coordination is also essential for success in sports.

School vision screening tests just check for near sightedness.  No tests are done to determine if both eyes are working together or if they focus on near targets easily.  During a yearly comprehensive eye exam our doctors evaluate the health of the eyes, vision for distance and near, near focus and eye muscle coordination.

If your child has already been fitted for glasses, the start of the school year is a great time to reassess the suitability and fit of his or her current frames and consider new glasses to start off the new year. Most insurance policies give a benefit for eyeglasses.  Kids have to be happy with the way they look in their glasses to wear them.  Our opticians have a great collection of kid’s eyewear and sports glasses to protect their eyes on the playing field.

With the advent of daily disposable contact lenses children can be fit at a very early age.  Our doctors will evaluate your children on their yearly eye exam to see if they are ready for contacts.

Don’t delay.  It’s back to school time.  Give us a call to schedule your children’s yearly eye exam or you can now make appointments online at  See you here!


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