Did you know that 80% of all learning in a child’s first 12 years is through their visual system? While most parents recognize the value of routine visits to the dentist, they often underestimate the importance of testing their children’s eyes. Studies find that 1 in 4 children, ages 5 to 12, have an undiagnosed vision problem that can affect their educational performance. Additionally it often affects other areas such as personality, behavior, and sport performance. Children are sometimes mislabeled as “slow learners” when impaired vision prevents a child from seeing clearly. Even if your child doesn’t complain about not seeing well, you should not assume that there are no visual disorders. Your children have no reason to believe that you see any differently than they do.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at six months of age and then at age 3 and right before they enter kindergarten. For school-aged children, eye exams should be performed every two years if no vision correction is required, but annually if they wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.
To make sure your kids have the chance of learning in school, call 1-866-865-2020 to schedule an appointment today with any of our Board Certified Optometrists for a comprehensive eye exam to make sure your kids have the chance of learning in school.