Getting ready to return to school is always a busy time. There are lots of things to think about – what books they need, what classes they will take, if they need new clothes, etc. Something that should also be a priority is taking your child for a pediatric eye exam with a qualified eye doctor. Read on to learn why.
Children need to have the same visual skills that adults do. These skills develop during childhood, meaning that it’s important for a professional to ensure that they are developing as they should. Some of these skills include:
Near and distance vision
Binocular vision (how two eyes work in synchronization to create a single image)
Eye movement including tracking
If your child’s visual skills aren’t developing as they should, Dr. Wilder will be able to recommend exercises or other treatments to strengthen them. Doing this promptly is much easier than waiting until your child has matured and thus their visual issues have developed further. Early intervention means that they will have a better chance of having the visual skills needed to flourish at school.
There are a number of vision problems that affect children more than adults. One of these is amblyopia, also known as lazy eye. This condition can’t be fully corrected with glasses alone, so treatment is needed to strengthen the weaker eye. Another common eye condition in kids is strabismus, which is also known as crossed eyes and is characterized by one or both eyes turning inwards. Detecting these problems early in your child’s life enables prompt treatment and stops them from negatively affecting the quality of your child’s life and their ability to do well at school.
Many children aren’t actually aware that there is anything particularly wrong with their vision, and without them telling you, parents may be oblivious to issues with their child’s sight. Nevertheless, there are some signs that indicate that your child has potential vision problems including:
Sitting close to the television or board
Tilting their head when focusing on an object at any distance
Constant eye rubbing
Extreme light sensitivity
Poor focus/lack of concentration
Skipping lines when reading, missing words, or losing their place easily
Complaints of headaches
If you notice any of these, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your pediatric eye doctor – at any time of the year. That’s because a child’s vision can change quite quickly.
Every parents wants their child to be the very best that they can be, but if they can’t access their education properly due to vision problems, it could quickly have an impact on their success in the classroom. Pediatric eye exams are the best way of ensuring that your child’s vision is clear enough for them to read their books, see the board, and use computers before they even step foot on school grounds.
School isn’t only for math, science, and other academic subjects. It’s also a place where your child will learn to co-exist with their peers. Peer relationships are an important part of your child’s development and will help them to build essential skills such as listening, empathy and communication. Clear vision is necessary for your child to be able to understand fully what is going on around them so that they can respond appropriately to any given situation.
To schedule your child’s back-to-school pediatric eye exam with our eyecare team, please call Coastal Family Eyecare in Orange Beach, Alabama at (251) 974-1233.