Many experts believe that almost 80% of learning takes place through a child's eyes. Since a child's eyesight can change occasionally, regular eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom performance. Unfortunately, most parents are not including eye examinations as part of their child's back-to-school doctor's appointment line-up. In addition a recent survey found that 58% of parents don't bring their child for an eye test until they are three. The AOA actually suggests that children receive their first vision examination at six months, then complete vision screenings beginning at age three, before starting school. Exams should continue to be booked consistently every other year from that point on.
Often the issues a child deals with in school can be the result of vision impairment. The percentage of children who have undiagnosed problems with eyesight is exceedingly high. Over 60% of children classified as "problem learners" actually suffer from undetected vision troubles. Your child will be much better off if you make it a priority to ensure your child's vision is up to par.
Don't wait until your child enters kindergarten for his first comprehensive eye examination. Pediatricians should do a dilated eye check-up to identify any serious eye problems within the first two months after birth. It's important to find any issues right away, because children are generally more responsive to treatment when treated early. In addition as a parent, it's important to make sure your child is reading sufficiently. Usually, most preschoolers are eager to look at books and try and figure out words. Children that avoid books or reading may be experiencing a vision issue. A complete vision check-up by a pediatric eye doctor should be one of the methods used in making a diagnosis. For an eye exam for your child in Escondido, CA, call us to book an appointment.
Remember that the earlier a vision impairment is identified and treated, the greater the chances for successful treatment. And vision is an essential component for school work. If a child's vision is impaired, increasing visual demands such as finer print in books or additional homework can significantly change a student's performance. At the same time new technology in the classroom, including using interactive SMARTboards, can also possibly exacerbate less obvious vision impairments. A student with poor vision is affected both at school, and emotionally and physically. This year, ensure your child a great year in school, by making sure their vision is in perfect condition. Call us to book an Escondido, CA eye exam today.