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See Your Child Off To School with Good Vision

It's hard to believe it's already August, right? Boys and girls throughout the country are getting pumped for the upcoming academic year, with school bags, textbooks and a whole lot of enthusiasm. This is the ideal time to take your child to an eye exam, if you haven't already covered that base. Proper vision is essential for a productive school experience and as your child grows, there are several stages of development that can lead to changes in his or her eyesight.

Most learning is accomplished visually. But even with this strong link between sight and learning, a lot of parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and as a result, don't include eye exams as part of their child's back to school preparations. It's important to know that because vision in kids changes, regular eye and vision care is crucial to good school results and self esteem.

Kids, it's worth noting, have the amazing ability to work with a vision problem. It is even more important to keep an eye out for the signs of vision problems as your child progresses through school.

Bad eyesight and increasing visual demands such as homework and small print in textbooks can impact his or her academic growth. Technology that's recently been integrated into the classroom, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can even heighten subtle but significant vision problems. Without adequate vision, students may suffer not only at school, but also mentally, physically and emotionally.

If your child has already been fitted for glasses, the start of the school year is a good time to reassess the suitability of his or her current frames and maybe purchase new glasses for your child for the new school year. Even when a child can see clearly with his or her current pair of glasses, the fit may be wrong or perhaps the lenses are not optimally positioned anymore due to normal development. If kids don't feel good in their glasses, they probably won't wear them much.

Find a good time to visit us as part of your back-to-school routine. We'll do our very best to help all the kids we treat commence the new school year with their vision in check.

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