Kid's eye exams - what to expect
While you're busy helping your child pick out a new backpack, school supplies and wardrobe, scheduling an eye exam might not be at the top of your back-to-school to-do list. But consider this: Kids may struggle in school because they don't realize they have a vision problem. Regular eye exams can help detect vision problems sooner rather than later. And since much of learning in a classroom setting is visual, corrective treatment can make a big difference in your child's academic performance, school activities and social interactions.
What to expect at your child's back-to-school eye exam
Your child's school or pediatrician may offer vision screenings that check for visual acuity. That's not the same as a comprehensive eye exam, which checks for nearsightedness, far sightedness, lazy eye, color vision, depth perception, chronic diseases and more. Your child's eye doctor will also check for focusing ability, eye tracking and eye coordination skills.
How to prepare your child for an eye exam
Talk to your child about what to expect during their eye exam. For instance, they may be asked to identify objects that include pictures, letters or shapes of light against a wall. The eye doctor might have your child look through a series of corrective lenses to check their ability to see clearly and focus their eyes. The eye doctor might also put drops in your child's eyes to check for certain conditions that may impact his or her vision.
6 signs your child might have a vision problem
Your child's eye doctor can answer questions and discuss any changes in your child's vision. Be sure to talk to your child's eye doctor if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Rubbing eyes
- Holding things up close
- Frequent headaches
- Difficulty focusing or keeping their place while reading
- Sitting up close in order to see
Set your child up for success
Have you scheduled your child's back-to-school eye exam? Ensuring that your child's eyes are healthy is an important step for classroom success. Remember that you can use your CareCredit credit card to pay for eye exams, frames and lenses. Use the Provider Locator to find a provider near you who accepts CareCredit.