Back-to-school season is a great time to schedule an eye appointment.
80% Of Learning Is Visual
It is estimated that 80% of a child’s learning occurs through his or her eyes. That’s right, 80%! Although many schools conduct regular vision screenings, these tests are limited. While vision screenings are good, there is no substitute for a thorough eye exam in order to identify a full spectrum of eye health and vision issues that can impact your child’s ability to learn.
Visual Skills Needed For Success
A comprehensive exam is needed to make sure all of the basic vision skills are functioning properly. Children with untreated vision problems can become frustrated and their academic performance may suffer. Some research suggests that untreated vision problems can even elicit some of the same behaviors as ADHD. Some of the basic visual skills needed at school include:
- ability to focus the eyes
- using both eyes together as a team
- moving eyes effectively
- recognition – the ability to tell apart letters like “b” and “d”
- comprehension– picturing in the mind what is happening in a story
- retention – the ability to remember and recall details of what we read
Good Vision Is Important For School Sports
Along with preparing for new classes, many students are dusting off their cleats and getting ready for school sports. A comprehensive eye exam can examine the visual skills needed for a specific sport, along with providing recommendation for any eye protection that may be required.
Is It Time For Your Student’s Exam?
Comprehensive eye exams are recommended at least once every two years. More frequent visits are recommended if risk factors or specific problems exist, or if recommended by your eye doctor.
Frequency of Examination
|Patient Age||Examination Interval|
|Asymptomatic/Risk Free||At Risk|
|Birth to 24 Months||At 6 months of age||At 6 months of age or as recommended|
|2 to 5 years||At 3 years of age||At 3 years of age or as recommended|
|6 to 18 years||Before first grade and every two years thereafter||Annually or as recommended|
|18 to 60 years||Every two years||Every one to two years or as recommended|
|61 and older||Annually||Annually or as recommended|
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