August has arrived and with it, back to school shopping lists. One of the most important things you can add to your back to school to-do list is a comprehensive eye exam for the kids, and for yourself.
For many folks, a physical exam is required before school starts. Your family doctor may do a vision screening, but that is not sufficient to asses your child’s near vision as screenings typically only asses distance vision.
Kids spend a lot of their time looking at near objects like textbooks, iPads, and laptops. Near vision struggles can make kids uncomfortable staying focused on near sight required tasks – this can result in a decreased desire to read, poor handwriting skills and trouble focusing.
A comprehensive eye exam done by your family’s eye doctor will help to make sure your child has sufficient near vision and isn’t struggling. And your eye doctor will also be able to identify other vision problems that may impede learning.
To schedule an appointment for a back to school eye exam for your child, click here.
It’s that time of year again! Time to schedule your back to school comprehensive eye exams.
It is so important that children get a comprehensive eye exam before they start the school year, as typical vision screenings you may be familiar with (done at school or during physicals) often miss more than they find.
From the AOA:
“Current vision screening methods cannot be relied on to effectively identify individuals who need vision care. In some cases, vision screening may actually inhibit the early diagnosis of vision problems. Screenings can create a false sense of security for those individuals who “pass” the screening but who actually have a vision problem. These people are then less likely to receive treatment for their vision problem-and it could become worse.
Undetected and untreated vision problems can interfere with a child’s ability to learn in school and participate in sports. They can also affect an adult’s ability to do their job or to drive safely. The earlier a vision problem is diagnosed and treated, the less it will impact an individual’s quality of life.”
So in these final weeks of summer break, make an appointment for the kids (and yourself!) for a comprehensive eye exam at one of our two Northern Virginia locations, eye2eye Hilltop and eye2eye Del Ray.
To book appointments at either of our locations, click here.
One out of four of school aged children has a learning issue directly linked to problems with their vision. Many parents will take their children to the pediatrician’s office for a back to school or annual physical. While pediatricians often do vision screenings, they only screen to asses vision in the distance. This is troublesome because kids spend a lot of their time looking at near objects like books, ipads, laptops and projects. Near vision struggles can make kids uncomfortable staying focused on near tasks – this results in a decreased desire to read, poor handwriting and trouble focusing.
Children should have their first full eye exam by kindergarten, if not earlier.
It is recommended that school-age children visit an optometrist for a full eye exam prior to beginning the new school year. An optometrist can help identify vision problems that can cause larger issues with learning.
Parents should also be aware of the effects of blue light emitted from computer screens, tablets and eco friendly bulbs. It has been shown that blue light has decreases melatonin levels (the sleep hormone) and makes it harder to wind down or sleep at night. Because kids need 9-12 hours of sleep each night, its important that they reduce exposure to blue light prior to bedtime – blue light can also be reduced using special lens technology in glasses.
To schedule an appointment for a back to school eye exam for your child, click here!
We’re kicking off Labor Day weekend with our Back to School Sale! Kids get FREE single vision polycarbonate lenses with the purchase of select frames, a $229 savings*.
We hope all students and teachers have a wonderful year! Take advantage of our Back to School Sale throughout the monthof September. Have you had your back to school eye exam yet?Click HERE to schedule one.
Better vision, better grades.
*Restrictions apply, see store for details.