School Eye Exams for Kids

Sunday, August 2, 2015

School Eye Exams for Kids

Eye exams for kids going back to school are an important part of back to school readiness that parents should include in their “Back to School Checklist”. Children use their eyes and vision as critical tools in their learning process.  Kids today operate in a very intense and demanding visual environment as they read, write, play sports, use computers and tablets and on and on…and it is easy to see why scheduling a Back to School eye exam is so important.

It is not uncommon for childrens’ vision to change during their school years and development. Regular eye exams can detect these changes or any eye problems that might hinder their overall well being and academic performance. The most frequent eye problems we find in school age kids are the common vision problems of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Sometimes, not having clear vision in the classroom can lead to the undeserved perception of a behavioral problem or attention problem. What we know is that kids are often unable to verbalize that they have a vision problem as they just don’t recognize it. It is important to observe children for some common behaviors that might indicate an eye or vision problem. Watch for:

·  Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
·  Short attention span
·  Avoiding reading and other close activities
·  Frequent headaches
·  Covering one eye
·  Tilting the head to one eye
·  Holding reading materials close to the face
·  An eye turning in or out
·  Seeing double
·  Losing place when reading
·  Difficulty remembering what he or she read

Dr. Oren Weisberg
Pediatric Ophthalmologist

If your child exhibits any of these please bring it to our attention. Your child should receive an eye examination at least once every two years, more frequently if specific problems or risk factors exist, or if recommended by your eye doctor. The earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful.

If you or someone you know would like to schedule a Back to School Eye Exam, they should call us at D’Ambrosio Eye Care, 800-325-3937, visit D’Ambrosio Eye Care, Google+ or so that we can help.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care provides eye care for patients throughout greater Boston, central and western Massachusetts with office locations at 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440.