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Time Again For Back-To-School Eye Exams!

Don’t forget to schedule an eye exam when you’re working on your back-to-school lists!

We’re All Visual Learners

Children do as much as 80 percent of their learning through their eyes, and in order for them to get the most out of whatever they’re learning, their vision needs to be clear. Clear vision doesn’t just make it easier to read what the teacher writes on the whiteboard—it also helps them process and remember what’s being taught.

School nurses often give students vision screenings, but these are very basic and won’t detect all the possible vision problems a child might have.

20/20 Vision Isn’t The Same As Healthy Vision

Having 20/20 vision isn’t all it takes to be a strong visual learner. In many school vision screenings however, that’s likely all they will test for, even though vision skills like eye teaming and tracking are crucial to reading and playing sports. In a comprehensive eye exam, we check for color blindness, eye alignment (teaming), ocular motility (tracking), and depth perception in addition to doing the standard E-chart visual acuity test. We also check that the structures of the eye look normal and healthy.

If your child hasn’t been examined by an eye doctor before, be prepared to have your child’s eyes dilated. Dilation allows Dr. Yin to see much more of the inside of the eye to be sure that they’re healthy. In some cases dilation is needed to help determine the prescription for glasses, especially in kids younger than 6. The dilated exam takes about an hour to complete. Dilation will make it difficult for your child to read a book or tablet for 4 hours or longer. We’ll give your child disposable sunglasses to use outdoors as he or she will also be light-sensitive until it wears off. So it’s a good idea to bring your child in after school or on a day off school for his or her first eye exam.

Watch the video below to learn how common visual problems can cause difficulty in the classroom:

Be Ready To Start The School Year Strong!

As your lifelong vision care partner, we are committed to providing the advice and treatment your child needs to get the most out of school and to lead a healthy life. If you know of any success stories about how eye exams improved the education of children you know, please share them on our Facebook page!

We appreciate every member of our practice family!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.