If you have been in your child’s classroom this school year, you understand how big of a role his or her vision plays in learning. From smart boards to tablets and laptops, our kids’ visual system is in demand all day. Every parent wants to give their child the best chance to learn and develop, but can you remember when your child’s last eye exam was? If your answer is more than two years ago, it’s time to schedule an exam.
Did you know that approximately 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems? If the child is nearsighted, farsighted or has astigmatism, wearing corrective lenses may help in the classroom. For instance, reading comprehension is very difficult if a child is moderately or severely farsighted. Sometimes, a simple pair of reading glasses is all it takes to see your child’s reading skills improve. Glasses, along with taking breaks to allow the eyes to rest, can also help ease fatigue with computer use.
What to expect during an eye exam:
During an eye exam
, your child’s vision will be tested, a refraction will be done to determine if glasses are needed, and the tracking and alignment of his or her eyes will be checked. Pupil dilation is also done, which can help uncover certain refractive errors. This process allows the eye doctor to get a careful look at the retina to ensure your child's eyes are healthy.
If it is determined that your child needs corrective lenses, the eye doctor will let you and your child know when to wear the glasses. Contact lenses can also be worn and are appealing for children who play sports. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you child needs glasses or contact lenses:
- It is just as easy to lose glasses as it is to lose the remote control. A simple rule to keep in mind: on your face or in your case.
- Remind your child that his or her glasses are custom made and not for a friend or sibling - no matter how cute they may look. If they can see better with your child’s glasses, an eye exam is recommended.
- Make sure your child gets in the routine of washing his or her hands before handling contact lenses. This will help keep the contact lenses clean.
- Contact lenses should be comfortable to wear, but that is not an excuse to forget to take them out before bed.
Eye exams for children are important and help to detect any issues early. To schedule an eye exam with one of our Prevea optometrists, call (920) 272-1250.