Kids School Eye Exams

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Kids School Eye Exams in Fairfield County

It seems like the summer has really just started-but believe it or not it’s almost time to get the kids ready to go back to school! As part of your “Back to School Checklist,” it’s important to remember to schedule an eye exam for your children. Keep in mind that childrens’ eye health and vision is one of the core functions of learning. Today more than ever, kids operate in a very intense and demanding visual environment as they read, write, play sports, use computers and tablets and on and on…and being able to get clear and efficient vision plays a critical role for them.

An annual eye exam for children is a good idea as it is not uncommon for childrens’ vision to change during their school years and development. Regular eye exams can detect these changes or any eye problems that might hinder their overall well being and academic performance. The most frequent eye problems we find in school age kids are the common vision problems of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Sometimes, not having clear vision in the classroom can lead to the undeserved perception of a behavioral problem or attention problem. What we know is that kids are often unable to verbalize that they have a vision problem as they just don’t recognize it. It is important to observe children for some common behaviors that might indicate an eye or vision problem. Watch for:

·  Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
·  Short attention span
·  Avoiding reading and other close activities
·  Frequent headaches
·  Covering one eye
·  Tilting the head to one eye
·  Holding reading materials close to the face
·  An eye turning in or out
·  Seeing double
·  Losing place when reading
·  Difficulty remembering what he or she read

If your child exhibits any of these please bring it to our attention. Your child should receive an eye examination at least once every two years, preferably EACH YEAR, more frequently if specific problems or risk factors exist, or if recommended by your eye doctor. The earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful.

If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about childrens’ vision, please call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County, Google+ or to schedule an appointment.

Doctor & Associates offices are located at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.