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As a parent, you want your child to do well in school, but are you aware of vision problems that can impact your child’s ability to learn? One out of four children cannot see well in school, yet half of the children in the United States haven’t received a comprehensive eye exam. An eye exam with an optometrist is important for proper eye health, as school vision screenings may not detect all vision problems.
School vision screenings test for the ability to see at a distance, but in most cases, these tests do not indicate how well the eyes focus up close or how the eyes work together. Even more important, they do not examine the overall health of the eyes.
A comprehensive eye exam will include a more in-depth look at the health of each eye as well as further testing such as distance viewing, depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision and response of the pupils to light.
With 80 percent of learning happening through your child’s eyes, eye exams can be vital to not only your child’s health but their continued education as well. It’s recommended that you schedule an eye exam for your child every year.
During your child’s exam, ask your eye doctor about polycarbonate lenses and the benefits they offer for your child’s safety. Polycarbonate lenses are perfect for the playground, as they are 10 times more impact resistant than standard plastic lenses. Be sure to also ask about the level of UV protection in your child’s clear lenses to further protect your child’s long-term vision.