Today’s Vision is reminding all parents that the time to schedule a back-to-school exam is NOW. Later in the summer it will be more difficult to schedule at a day or time that is convenient for your family. Schedule your children’s exams now to make sure these important exams are completed before the school year begins.

Why does each child need a comprehensive eye and vision exam? Good vision is a key to succeeding in school. It has been estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through his or her eyes. Reading, writing, chalkboard work, and using computers are among the visual tasks students perform daily. A child’s eyes are constantly in use in the classroom. When his or her vision is not functioning properly, education can suffer.

As children progress in school, they face increasing demands on their visual abilities. The size of print in schoolbooks becomes smaller and the amount of time spent reading and studying increases significantly. Increased class work and homework place significant demands on the child’s eyes. Unfortunately, the visual abilities of some students aren’t performing up to the task.

When certain visual skills have not developed, or are poorly developed, learning is difficult and stressful, and children will typically:
– Avoid reading and other near visual work as much as possible.
– Attempt to do the work anyway, but with a lowered level of comprehension or efficiency.
– Experience discomfort, fatigue and a short attention span.

Some children with learning difficulties exhibit specific behaviors of hyperactivity and distractibility. These children are often labeled as having “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” (ADHD). However, undetected and untreated vision problems can elicit some of the very same signs and symptoms commonly attributed to ADHD. Due to these similarities, some children may be mislabeled as having ADHD when, in fact, they have an undetected vision problem.

Please schedule your child’s comprehensive eye and vision exam now so that we may ensure he or she has the best vision possible during the coming school year.