Help your student see clearly this school year with a back-to-school eye exam
While you and your child are busy picking out school supplies and a back-to-school wardrobe, scheduling a back-to-school eye exam might not be at the top of your to-do-list. But routine eye exams can help detect vision problems sooner rather than later. Since much of classroom learning 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 eye exam
Many schools and primary doctors' offices offer basic vision screenings. But it's not the same as a comprehensive eye exam performed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
During an eye exam, the eye doctor will evaluate your child's overall eye health and check for any vision problems that may interfere with school performance. This may include a series of tests to check for vision acuity, focusing ability, depth perception and eye coordination skills. Your doctor will also want to know about your child's overall health history and any previous vision problems and treatments your child has had.
Common vision problems in school age children
Common eye disorders in children include near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. The good news is that these vision impairments are usually correctable with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Other eye issues may include lazy eye, or decreased vision in one eye, and crossed or misaligned eyes.
Watch for signs that your child might be experiencing vision problems. These may include siting too close to the TV, holding reading materials too close to their eyes, rubbing eyes frequently, squinting and complaining of headaches.
Tips to reduce digital eye strain
With back-to-school season underway, it's an ideal time to focus on reducing digital eye strain. Staring at computers and other digital devices while reading, writing and watching favorite shows can lead to squinting, headaches, blurry vision and trouble focusing. To help prevent digital eye strain, try to limit your child's screen time, monitor their use of digital devices and encourage them to take frequent breaks from screens.
Tips to help keep your child's eyes healthy
Help promote good eye health during the school year - and all year long - with these tips:
- Make sure your child is getting enough sleep
- Encourage a healthy diet
- Make sure they wear proper eye protection for sports and other activities
- Schedule routine eye exams to check for any changes in their vision
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, lenses and other vision services and products. Use our Acceptance Locator or download the CareCredit Mobile App to find a vision provider or optical retailer near you that accepts the CareCredit credit card.