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Getting Your Child’s Eyes Ready for the Classroom: Tucson Children’s Eye Exams

Many experts believe that approximately 80 percent of learning occurs through a child's eyes. Because a child's vision may change occasionally, consistent eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom success. Surprisingly, most parents don't make vision tests part of their child's back-to-school health check-up. Furthermore a recent survey found that over 50% of parents don't take their child for an eye exam until at least age three. The AOA actually suggests that children receive their first sight screening at six months, then comprehensive sight tests starting at age three, before entering school. Check-ups should continue to be scheduled routinely every other year after.

Many times the issues a child struggles with in school may be the result of vision difficulties. The percentage of students who are affected by undiagnosed problems with eyesight is exceedingly high. Studies demonstrate that 60 percent of students identified as students with learning-disabilities really suffer from undetected vision problems. You can avoid childhood trauma if you make it a priority to ensure your child is seeing properly.

Don't push off your child's first eye exam until kindergarten. Your child's doctor should perform a dilated eye exam to identify any serious eye problems within the age of two months. It's crucial to find any issues immediately, because children generally respond better to treatment when treated early. Additionally as a parent, it's important to see whether your child enjoys reading. Usually, kindergarteners are eager to look at books and try and decipher words. Children that avoid books or reading may have a vision issue. A comprehensive vision screening by a pediatric optometrist should be one of the methods used in making a diagnosis. For an eye exam for your child in Tucson, AZ, call us to schedule an appointment.

Remember that the earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the greater the chances for successful treatment. And eyesight is a key component for school. If a child's eyesight is flawed, rising visual requirements such as finer print in textbooks or more homework can significantly influence a student's success. At the same time new technology in the classroom, such as the use of interactive SMARTboards, can also potentially exacerbate less obvious vision problems. A student with poor vision is affected both at school, and emotionally and physically. Before school starts this year, make sure your child's vision is on par! Contact us to book a Tucson, AZ eye exam today.