posted by Versant Health
on August 14, 2020
A new school year is just around the corner, and parents across the nation will soon be shopping for supplies, scheduling physicals, and making preparations for their children. Unfortunately, one preparation that is often overlooked is a back-to-school eye exam.
We know this school year will be different from others as our country faces the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. But whether children will receive instruction in the classroom, online, or via a combination of both, an eye exam should be part of your back-to-school process.
According to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q® survey, nearly 90% of parents believe that the vision screenings provided by schools alone are effective in detecting vision problems. However, experts agree these occasional screenings should not be relied upon solely to identify eye and health conditions in kids.
Vision and learning are intimately related. In fact, 1 in 4 children in the United States has an undetected vision problem that may affect their performance at school if left untreated. Often children with vision problems may appear to have a learning disability. However, learning-related vision problems are not learning disabilities. Additionally, children with learning disabilities may have their symptoms worsened by an uncorrected vision problem.
If a child is suspected of having challenges reading or learning difficulties, they should have a comprehensive eye exam to rule out the need for glasses.
The recommendations by the AOA are as follows:
The AOA recommends these eye health and safety tips to parents:
The AOA encourages parents to begin the school year on a healthy note by making a comprehensive eye exam a priority. It may be one of the most important investments you make in your child’s health and education this year.