A huge percentage of school-based learning is accomplished visually. But even with this strong correlation between eyesight and learning, many parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and as a result, don't get their child's eyes examined frequently enough. As your kid's vision may change frequently, regular eye and vision care is crucial to good school results and self esteem.
Children have a truly impressive ability to function despite having an issue with their vision and they might not talk about their difficulty, because they don't actually 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, frequently watering eyes, eye rubbing, extra close reading distance, head tilting, and avoiding detailed work.
Not having the ability to meet the visual requirements of the classroom and school work may potentially change his/her work. New technology brought into the classroom, like interactive whiteboards, can also potentially heighten previously unknown vision problems. If a child doesn't have good enough vision, it isn't just their academic life that is affected. It's mentally and emotionally tough on them also.
If you're the parent of a child who wears glasses already, the start of the school year is a great time to see if they need new glasses. If you want a kid to wear his glasses, he better like them!
Be sure to come see us when you're getting your kids prepared for their year. We'll help our young patients start the academic year with great vision.