As a parent, you clearly see how important back-to-school physicals are for your kids. An annual visit with the pediatrician provides the peace of mind of knowing your child is developing normally, up-to-date on immunizations and in good health. But are you overlooking something? Kids also need to see an eye doctor regularly.
Good vision is essential for your child to succeed in the classroom. Not being able to read the board is not only frustrating, it can hold your child back academically. Straining to see can also cause headaches, short attention spans, and burning, tired eyes. Make sure you know all the signs of a vision problem.
Even the most caring, informed parents can overlook the importance of eye exams with an optometrist. A lot of parents rely on the vision screenings conducted at their child’s school to spot problems. Yet most schools test only to see if your child has 20/20 vision. The vision technician is not trained to recognize other eye or vision problems.
To keep your children’s eyes healthy, the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends thorough eye examinations every two years for children ages 6-18. Kids may need more frequent visits if they have certain eye conditions or risk factors.
There are more reasons than ever these days to make sure your children are checked regularly:
If your kids haven’t seen L P E D on a vision chart lately, it’s time for a complete vision screening. Every parent knows kids need clear vision to excel at school, sports and life in general.