Before kids head to school, be sure to get their eyes checked. Healthy vision plays an important role in learning, yet studies show a majority of children start school without having an eye examination. Studies also indicate that 60% of children identified as “problem learners” actually suffer from undetected vision problems.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that parents contact their doctor of optometry if their child frequently:
- Loses place while reading
- Avoids close work
- Tends to rub eyes
- Has headaches
- Turns or tilts head
- Makes frequent reversals when reading or writing
- Omits or confuses small words when reading
- Consistently performs below potential
- Struggles to complete homework
- Squints while reading or watching television
The AOA recommends that children have their first eye assessment at 6 months of age, then comprehensive eye exams starting at age 3, before a child enters school, and then every two years, unless otherwise advised. To make an appointment, call the Eye Center at Southwest Health at 608-342-2020.
Don’t miss the Eye Center’s back to school promotion of $125 off any complete pair of prescription lenses and frames – August 21 through September 30, 2017.