Many experts emphasize that about 80 percent of learning occurs through a child's eyes. Since a child's vision may change occasionally, regular eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom success. Unfortunately, most parents don't include eye exams as part of their child's back-to-school health check-up. In addition survey results show that over 50% of parents don't take their child for an eye check-up until they are three. In truth, the AOA suggests that children receive their first vision assessment at half a year, then comprehensive vision tests beginning at age three, before starting school. Check-ups should continue to be scheduled routinely every two years after.
A good number of the issues a child suffers from in the classroom may be the result of sight difficulties. The percentage of children who are suffering from undiagnosed vision problems is exceedingly large. Reports show that 60 percent of students classified as students with learning-disabilities really have undiagnosed vision impairments. Your child will be much better off if you take a proactive role in ensuring your child's vision is up to par.
Don't push off your child's first eye exam until kindergarten. Your child's doctor should do a dilated eye exam to discover any major eye problems by the age of two months. It's important to discover any problems right away, because children are generally more responsive to treatment when taken care of early. In addition as a parent, it's important to make sure your child takes time to read. Generally, kindergarteners are excited to look at books and attempt to read. Children that don't read books may suffer from a vision problem. A complete vision check-up by a pediatric optometrist should be one of the tools used in making a diagnosis. For an eye exam for your child in Phoenix, AZ, call us to schedule an appointment.
Take note that the earlier a vision impairment is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful. And vision is a key component for school work. If a child's eyesight is impaired, he will have a much harder time in school. At the same time new technology in the classroom, including using interactive whiteboards, can also possibly make less obvious vision problems worse. Without proper vision, students may suffer not only in the classroom, but also mentally, physically and emotionally. This year, ensure your child a super year in school, by making sure their eyesight is in perfect condition. Call us to book a Phoenix, AZ eye exam today.