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3 Back to School Vision Problems

3 Back to School Vision Problems

The kiddos have been back in school for a little while now and as such, it is the ideal time to start monitoring for vision problems.

Here are a few important things to watch out for during the school year, as these issues may help you identify a vision problem. If you are noticing any of these issues, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam for your child.

  1. One out of four kids have an undetected vision problem. 
    Believe or it not, vision problems in childhood are very common and nothing to be alarmed about. While you may have visited your pediatrician and passed a simple vision screening, those screenings don’t always detect larger vision problems. A visit to your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam is the only way to fully assess vision health.
  2. Reading & Writing
    Is your child using their finger to help them follow along with reading and writing? Are they mixing up words? Do they complain of the words “doubling” while they read? Yes, some of these issues could be a learning disorder – but the first place to start is with their vision. Often their eyes are not working well together and a comprehensive exam can help us determine if that’s the case.
  3. Overuse of Digital Devices
    Kids are using digital devices in school and at home. The blue light emitted from these devices can cause what’s called digital eye strain. Symptoms of digital eye strain include dry, scratchy eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and fatigued eyes. An eye exam can help us confirm digital eye strain and we can get your child outfitted with lenses that protect against and filter out the damaging blue light – with or without a prescription.

If you notice your child experiencing any issues like trouble reading or writing, complaining of double vision, dry, scratchy or irritated eyes – schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam.


Back to School Eye Exams

Back to School Eye Exams

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!