An Eye Exam Should Be Part of Your Back to School Checklist

It's the middle of the summer and we're already seeing back-to-school sales. But there's one thing on that checklist that most parents leave out; eye exams. Just like people should schedule an annual health checkup, kids moreso should get an annual eye exam.

Many learning experts believe 80% of learning is through visual concepts, so it's important to optimize children's learning by getting a comprehensive eye exam. Unfortunately many parents forget this important health aspect. According to optometrist Ryan S. Nakamura, OD, about 25% of children have an undetected vision condition. Because poor vision is undetected, the child may be mistakenly diagnosed with a learning disability. It contributes to a student's frustration and may result in poor grades and even behavioral issues.

If your child's school conducts a vision screening, many parents think that's enough but it is inadequate. The in-school vision screening only tests for visual acuity whereas a comprehensive eye exam includes not only visual acuity but refractive status, color vision, eye alignment, eye health, and chronic diseases. The refrative status of your eyes allows you to see clearly, if your eyes do a poor job, then what you see becomes blurry. The color vision test indicates whether the child has color blindness. Eye alignment can determine astigmatism, a lazy eye, problems in depth perception. Determining whether eyes are healthy may prevent or retard development of chronic diseases.

Children's eyes develop rapidly until about age seven so early detection is important in correcting permanent visual issues, another reason why it's a good idea to include a comprehensive eye exam as part of your child's back-to-school checklist.

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Kulsum Mehmood 4 years ago from Nagpur, India

Yes, I agree with you that a comprehensive detailed eye- test should be carried out for school children to rule out eye diseases and refractive errors and lazy eye, color blindness etc. Also eyes alignment. Some conditions if left untreated in childhood worsen with age and become untreatable later on.... such as lazy eye and squint. Very informative hub.... thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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Flightkeeper 4 years ago from The East Coast Author

It is an overlooked part of not only children's health but everybody's health. Thanks for the read Kulsum.

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