1) It's Probably Time for an Exam
School-aged children should have their eyes examined by an eye doctor at least every two years. Parents know well how busy life gets during the school year. While the kids are still home, and you’re not in the midst of driving them all over western North Carolina to extracurricular activities, the time is right to schedule an eye exam.
2) Vision Affects Learning
Your child’s vision has a profound impact on how they learn. A substantial amount of the learning process for your child involves their eyes. Though it's especially true for young children, even teenagers may not know how to communicate issues with their vision, or they might not even realize that they are experiencing complications with their eyes. Scheduling a back-to-school eye exam may help prevent frustration for you and your child by removing barriers that neither of you could see, allowing them to excel in the way you know they can.
3) Your Child is Growing and Their Vision Changing
It may be time to update your child’s eyeglasses or contacts, as their vision may have changed since their eyes were last examined. Though your child’s school may provide helpful vision screenings, a thorough exam at Asheville Vision Associates will include:
- Checking for nearsightedness
- Checking for farsightedness
- Checking for colorblindness
- Checking for astigmatism and blurred vision
- Testing the eye-tracking and focusing
Identifying vision problems as soon as possible will benefit your child and their learning ability for years to come.
4. There Might Already Be Symptoms
Your child may be exhibiting symptoms of undiagnosed vision problems you have not yet noticed or recognized as such. Sometimes vision symptoms will manifest similarly to boredom and ADHD. Symptoms include:
- Difficulty making eye contact with teachers, parents, and other students
- Frequent Headaches
- Problems with reading out loud and overall reading comprehension
- Frequently squinting and rubbing eyes
- It takes a long time to complete classwork and homework
- The child is often frustrated doing classwork
- Apparent inability to sit still
- Covering one eye or tilting their head to the side
- Holding reading materials close to or far from their face
- Apparent short attention span
- Loses place while reading
It is easy to mistake these symptoms for boredom with school, ADHD, or just “kids being kids.” Scheduling an eye exam before the new school year begins will help determine if vision issues are at the root of learning difficulties and help your child in their future academic pursuits.
5. Establish Good Nutrition Habits
At Asheville Vision Associates, we are passionate about helping people understand how your overall nutrition and health impacts your vision. As part of your child’s eye exam, we will recommend steps to take to improve your child’s nutrition and eye health.
Before the school year starts, schedule an eye exam for your children with Asheville Vision Associates. We are your trusted eye doctors in the Asheville area.