It’s that time of year when the summer begins to wind down and students get ready to go back to school. Whether your children are starting kindergarten, middle school, high school, or college, they need to be fully prepared to maximize their success.
Did you know that vision affects learning?
Approximately 80-90% of classroom learning occurs through our eyesight. The American Optometric Association recommends that children have eye examinations at 6 months, 3 years, and 5 years old (before kindergarten), then as recommended by your eye doctor.
Vision problems can contribute to learning difficulties, whether or not a child has been diagnosed as “learning disabled.” All contributing causes of the learning problem must be identified to successfully treat it.
Ocular functioning such as eye tracking and improper eye movements may be the cause of academic problems even if there is no need for prescription eyeglasses. Many children with academic problems related to vision will result in 20/20 on screening tests at school and in pediatrician’s offices and appear to have “normal” eyes, so having an exam done by an eye doctor is highly recommended.
Early exams help focus on the big picture
Conditions like dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities are often elusive diagnoses since each child will manifest symptoms differently. A thorough vision, eye health, and visual system analysis is critical to fully understanding the underlying learning problems.
Your eye doctor will communicate with the other healthcare providers to better arrive at an accurate diagnosis.
Strong vision helps sports performance
Does your child participate in sports and physical fitness activities? Ability to perform athletically is largely governed by visual abilities.
The majority of the information that we receive and process while participating in sports comes from our eyesight. Beyond our normal visual acuity on the eye chart, superior athletes also display exceptional depth perception, peripheral vision, eye-hand coordination, and visual tracking.
Regardless of whether an athlete has a need for eyeglasses or not, wearing proper eyewear, such as protective goggles, when playing sports, can prevent 90% of sports-related injuries, according to the American Optometric Association.
Be sure to provide your children every opportunity to succeed in the new academic year. Have them complete their eye exam and choose from our wide selection of quality eyeglasses and contact lenses.