Many professionals emphasize that approximately 80% of learning comes through a child's eyes. Since a child's eyesight may change often, regular eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom performance. Surprisingly, most parents don't make sight tests part of their child's back-to-school doctor's appointment line-up. In addition a recent survey found that over 50% of parents don't bring their child for an eye check-up until they are three. In truth, the AOA suggests that children receive their first sight examination at half a year, then thorough sight tests beginning at age three, before beginning school. Screenings should continue to be booked consistently every other year after.
Many of the issues a child suffers from in the classroom can be the result of sight difficulties. The percentage of students who suffer from undiagnosed problems with eyesight is exceedingly high. Studies demonstrate that 60 percent of students classified as students with learning-disabilities really suffer from undetected vision problems. You can avoid potential problems if you take a proactive role in ensuring your child is seeing properly.
Don't wait until your child enters kindergarten for his first thorough eye examination. Pediatricians should do a dilated eye check-up to identify any major eye problems within the age of two months. Every child should have a complete eye exam by age three, as early intervention can avoid developmental delay. Additionally as a parent, it's important to make sure your child is reading sufficiently. In general, kindergarteners enjoy looking at books and try and decipher words. Children that don't read books may suffer from a vision issue. A thorough vision examination by a pediatric optometrist should be one of the methods used in making a diagnosis. For a pediatric eye exam in Kennett Square, PA, call us to schedule an appointment.
Remember that the earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful. And eyesight is an essential component for school. If a child's eyesight is limited, he will have a much harder time with assignments. At the same time new technology in the classroom, including the use of interactive whiteboards, can also potentially exacerbate less obvious vision issues. Without healthy eyesight, children may struggle not only at school, but also socially. This year, ensure your child a super year in school, by making sure their eyesight is in perfect condition. Call us to book a Kennett Square, PA eye exam today.