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A Strong School Year Starts With Good Vision

Well, the summer's end is near. Moms and dads all over are going shopping for bags and books, making sure their kids have everything they need to ensure a good academic year. And if you haven't already done so, it's also a great chance to bring your child in for a comprehensive eye exam. Vision is necessary in order for your child to do his or her best academically. As kids grow, various developmental stages can cause changes in their eyesight. It's important to have an eye exam to catch these changes.

Roughly 80% of progress at school is accomplished visually. Yet interestingly, in spite of this overt link between eyesight and learning, a lot of parents don't seem to be aware of how frequently occurring vision problems are, and don't include a visit to the eye doctor as part of their child's back to school to-do list. It's important to know that because vision in kids changes, regular eye care is central to academic success and overall happiness and wellbeing.

As children go through school, it becomes extra important to keep tabs on their vision.

Impaired eyesight and increasing demands on the eyes, like smaller print in textbooks or additional homework may significantly affect his/her progress. New classroom technology, such as interactive whiteboards, can also potentially exacerbate previously hidden vision issues. If a student doesn't have good enough vision, it isn't just their performance at school that suffers. It's mentally and emotionally taxing too.

If your son or daughter has already been tested for and fitted with glasses, the start of the school year is a good time to reassess the suitability of his or her current frames and perhaps purchase your child new glasses to start off the new year. Even though your child might be able to see well wearing his or her old glasses, they may be uncomfortable to wear or perhaps the lenses no longer align with the child's eyes due to normal development. If children don't feel comfortable in their glasses, they will probably avoid wearing them.

So don't forget to come see us as part of your back-to-school routine. We'll help all the kids we treat begin the new school year with great vision.

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