Start the School Year With an Eye Exam
It was at the start of the school year when my fifth grade teacher sent me to the school office to have my vision tested. Ms. Van said to the class, “Open your books to page 3,” and started asking kids to read one paragraph each. I thumbed through the pages and opened to what I was the correct page. Just then, Ms. Van walked by my desk and said, “I told you page 3, not page 8.” “Huh? I thought I was on page 3?” I replied. She gave me a confused look and sent me to the nurse. Not having read a book all summer, I had no idea my vision had changed until school started and I had to read again.
When you think of school supplies and preparing for back to school season, vision care usually does not make the to do list, let alone being at the top. Make sure to correct that this year! Believe it or not, vision care should be one of the most important school supplies for your child’s success. Think about it, seeing clearly is essential for reading, writing, learning, enjoying sports and other school-related activities.
Do you know the signs to look for if your child is having vision trouble?
- Excessive blinking
- Rubbing their eyes
- Frequent headaches
Remember, play it safe. Even if there are no signs of vision problems, your child may still suffer from amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), and/or astigmatism. An annual eye exam can help identify and treat these and other conditions so your child can maintain A+ vision.