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Add Vision Screening to Your Back to School Routine: Memphis Children’s Eye Exams

Many doctors believe that around 80 percent of learning occurs through a child's eyes. Since a child's eyesight may change frequently, regular eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom success. Unfortunately, most parents are not including vision screenings as part of their child's back-to-school doctor's visit line-up. Additionally according to a recent survey over half of parents don't bring their child for an eye exam until at least age three. In truth, the AOA advises that kids have their first eye assessment at six months, then thorough vision exams beginning at age three, before starting school. Screenings should continue to be scheduled routinely every other year from that point on.

Many times the problems a child deals with in school may result from sight difficulties. The percentage of children who are suffering from undiagnosed vision problems is exceedingly large. Over 60% of students classified as students with learning-disabilities actually suffer from undetected vision impairments. Your child will be much better off if you take a proactive role in ensuring your child is seeing properly.

Don't wait until your child enters kindergarten for his first thorough eye check-up. Your child's doctor should do a dilated eye check-up to detect any major eye problems by the first two months of life. It's critical to find any issues right away, since children are often 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, most kindergarteners enjoy looking at books and attempt to read. Children that avoid books or reading may have a vision issue. A complete vision check-up by a pediatric optometrist should be one of the methods used in making a diagnosis. For an eye exam for your child in Memphis, TN, call us to book an appointment.

Keep in mind that the sooner a vision difficulty is detected and taken care of, the more likely treatment will be successful. And vision is a crucial component for school work. If a child's eyesight is flawed, rising visual requirements such as smaller print in books or more homework can drastically alter a student's success. Additionally new technological advances in the classroom, such as using interactive SMARTboards, can also potentially exacerbate less obvious vision impairments. Without proper eyesight, children may struggle not only in the classroom, but also socially. Before school starts this year, make sure your child's vision is on par! Call us to book a Memphis, TN eye exam today.