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Kids’ Eye-Q

Eye Q-BlogBefore 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.

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