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It’s Back to School Time!

Back to School Eye Exams

Did you know that 1 in 4 children has a vision problem and may not know it? Or that 1 in 5 children struggle to read because of a vision-related problem? While vision checks at school serve as a screening to detect obvious vision problems, they do not address all components of the visual system. Even if a screening yields normal results, a comprehensive eye exam is still recommended to rule out other vision related issues. Consider the following:

Vision screening graphicOur doctors evaluate all aspects of the visual system to ensure your child has all of the necessary tools to work to the best of his or her ability. We focus on three main points:

  1. Prescription—checking visual acuity, or current vision (20/20, 20/30, etc), and assessing the need for correction in the form of glasses or contact lenses
  2. Ocular health—ensuring all parts of the eye, from the front surface to tiny structures inside are healthy and working properly
  3. Vision and its impact on learning—even if your child sees well, other parts of vision impact how he or she learns. We examine the focusing system, or ability to comfortably change between a computer or desk to the blackboard or SmartBoard, eye movements and tracking, which has a direct correlation to reading ability and comprehension, eye alignment and coordination, looking for an eye turn or strabismus, binocular fusion or depth perception, which allows 3-dimensional vision, important for both academic and athletic performance, and color vision.

Many times children do not tell parents or teachers about vision problems because they are unaware or unable to express their difficulties. Undiagnosed vision problems can translate into frustration or boredom in school because the child is unable to stay on task. These problems are frequently diagnosed as a behavior issue, but may actually be the result of the child struggling with undetected vision problems. Some things to watch for that may indicate your child is in need of an examination are:

  • Squinting when reading, looking at the board, or watching TV
  • Getting frequent headaches, especially associated with reading or near work
  • Holding materials too close or avoiding near work altogether
  • Turning or tilting the head
  • Closing one eye
  • Struggling to complete homework
  • Difficulty remembering what’s read
  • Losing place when reading

We accept a variety of insurance plans, including Medicaid, VSP, and Eyemed. We would be happy to provide vision services for you and your family!