September is a great time to start thinking about scheduling an eye appointment for your child.
Classroom Vision Problems
An estimated 10 percent of preschoolers have a vision problem significant enough to impact learning. Being nearsighted or farsighted aren’t the only problems you can have with vision. Colorblindness and astigmatism, which causes blurred vision at any distance are also common.
Keep An Eye Out For Common Symptoms
Children with vision problems are unlikely to tell their teachers and parents because they don’t realize the source of the problem. It’s crucial, therefore, for us adults to watch the children in our care for symptoms such as:
- Poor reading comprehension
- Slow to finish schoolwork
- Short attention span for close work
- Tendency to fidget and look away from work
- Frequent headaches
- Tendency to cover one eye
- Frequent blinking or eye-rubbing
Undiagnosed Vision Problems Affect Learning
Up to 80 percent of the learning is visual, so having an undiagnosed and untreated problem can have far-reaching effects on education, confidence, and ability to socialize. Unlike adults, kids might not know how to explain what’s wrong. They don’t know how other people see, they just know that even though trying to read words or stay focused on people’s faces is physically uncomfortable, they get in trouble for not doing it.
This frustrating situation leads them to act out and disengage from learning and other people, which is a tragedy. Luckily, however, it’s a tragedy that can be averted with comprehensive eye exams and correct treatment.
Comprehensive Eye Exams Go Beyond 20/20
Unlike the simple screening by a school nurse, a comprehensive eye exam involves checking for color blindness, eye alignment (teaming), ocular motility (tracking), and depth perception in addition to doing the standard E-chart visual acuity test. Bee Ridge VIsion Center in Sarasota checks for the structures of your child’s eye look normal and healthy.
We’re Here For You And Your Children
September is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, Bee Ridge Vision encourages you to schedule an eye exam for your child. Contact them to schedule an appointment at (941) 923-3411 in the Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Osprey, Lido Key, and Venice area.