Children across the country are gearing up for a new school year. Before getting back to the classroom, the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends a check-up with the optometrist. Healthy vision is key to the thinking process and a child's performance in school. There are numerous tasks that demand visual skills, such as reading, writing and computer work, which children are expected to perform daily. Despite the strong correlation between eyesight and cognitive development, many parents underestimate the occurrence of students suffering from eye and vision troubles.
Often the issues a child suffers from in school can be the result of vision impairment. The number of children who are affected by undiagnosed vision problems is exceedingly high. Over 60% of students classified as students with learning-disabilities actually suffer from undetected vision impairments. You can avoid childhood trauma if you make it a priority to ensure your child's vision is up to par.
Don't wait until your child enters kindergarten for his first comprehensive eye examination. Your child's doctor should perform a dilated eye exam to detect any major eye problems by the first two months after birth. It's crucial to discover any problems immediately, because children are generally more responsive to treatment when diagnosed early. Additionally as a parent, it's important to make sure your child is reading sufficiently. In general, most kindergarteners enjoy looking at books and try and decipher words. Children that avoid books or reading may be experiencing a vision issue. Before you jump to any conclusions, it's a good idea to get a vision screening. For an eye exam for your child in Long Beach, CA, call us to schedule an appointment.
Keep in mind that the earlier a vision difficulty is identified and treated, the greater the chances for successful treatment. And eyesight is a crucial component for school. If a child's eyesight is flawed, he will have a much harder time in the classroom. At the same time new technological advances in the classroom, such as using interactive whiteboards, can also potentially make less obvious vision problems worse. A student with poor vision will be affected both at school, and emotionally and physically. This year, guarantee your child a great year in school, by making sure their eyesight is in perfect condition. Call us for a Long Beach, CA eye exam today.