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Reasons to Schedule Back-to-School Eye Exams

It’s almost time for children to go back to school and there’s a lot to do before the first day; shopping for school clothes, getting new school supplies and ensuring kids are up to date on vaccinations and physicals. But, one of the most important and often overlooked things that should be done at the start of every school season is a visit to the eye doctor. Your child’s vision plays an important role in how they learn. Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s important to schedule an appointment with a pediatric optometrist in Elko at the beginning of every school year.

Good Eye Care is Essential for Learning

It’s common for children to avoid telling their parents that they are having problems with their vision, but problems with their vision can have a significant effect on how they learn as well as their behavior during class. Kids that struggle to see clearly often have problems understanding assignments and tend to talk more in class because they are attempting to ask about the assignments they aren’t able to see clearly. Poor vision can affect kids in several ways, including:

  • Reading-One of the most common things kids do while in school is read. Reading is required for test preparation and learning the subject being taught. However, if kids have poor vision, they often struggle to comprehend what they are reading. A visit to the eye doctor will help to ensure your children’s vision is the best it can be, so they will be able to see and comprehend what they are reading.
  • Math-Mathematics class can be difficult enough for many kids, but when they are unable to distinguish between the symbols, it can lead to incorrect answers. Good eye care will allow your child to clearly see the math problems at hand, which may help them comprehend better and get the right answer more often.

There are a few signs that may indicate your children are having problems with their vision. For instance, if they are frequently rubbing their eyes, sit close to the TV, close one eye or use their finger as a guide while reading and if they are frequently complaining of headaches.

Contact Total Eyecare in Elko to schedule your children’s back-to-school eye exams.