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Why a Back-to-School Eye Exam Is Essential for Every Child

Sep 1, 2023 | Children's Eye Health

It’s September again, which means back-to-school season is here! This is a busy time of year for both parents and kids. As you get ready for the new school year and shop for supplies, don’t forget to add your child’s back-to-school eye exam to the checklist. 

Detect vision problems early 

Regular eye exams ensure children can see clearly and help catch issues early. Up to 80% of learning is visual, which means children with vision problems are at a huge disadvantage. When you schedule regular eye exams for your child, you can be sure that any vision problems, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, are caught early when treatment is most effective. 

You may be thinking, “But wait, don’t schools offer vision screening tests?” While many schools do offer these screenings, they are not the same as an eye exam conducted by an optometrist. Vision screening tests are often quick evaluations that may miss certain issues. An eye exam with an optometrist is much more thorough and better at detecting eye conditions.  

Prevent eye strain  

Children today spend a lot of time glued to computer screens or using other digital devices. This screen time can lead to eye strain and fatigue, which can impact their performance at school. Your child’s eye doctor can identify any eye strain and recommend ways to keep their eyes healthy throughout the year.   

Keep up with changing vision 

Back-to-school eye exams are even more important for children who wear glasses or contact lenses. An outdated prescription can lead to headaches and eye strain and even affect their academic performance. With an updated prescription, your child will be able to see and focus better, allowing them to reach their full potential in the classroom. 

Improve their quality of life 

Back-to-school eye exams are not only important for your child’s academic success but also for their overall well-being. Poor vision and eye health can affect their confidence, social skills, and ability to enjoy extracurricular activities. So, it’s a good idea to schedule a back-to-school eye exam to make sure your child is healthy, happy, and ready for the new school year! 

At the Eyecare Center of Ken Caryl in Littleton, CO, we offer eye exams for children of all ages. Book an appointment for your child today and help set them up for success in the new school year!