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Back-to-School Success Starts with Good Vision

It's been a wonderful summer and it's hard to believe it's already August. Parents everywhere are making sure their kids have all the gear they need for the upcoming academic year. And actually, this is a great time to take your son or daughter to an eye exam, if you haven't already. Vision is necessary in order to do his or her best in school. As children grow, various developmental stages can sometimes lead to changes in their vision. An eye exam helps to identify such changes.

Most progress at school is accomplished with children's eyes. Despite the strong link between vision and learning, many parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and don't get their child's eyes examined regularly. As your child's vision may change frequently, regular eye exams are necessary for success at school.

School-aged children possess an amazing ability to function even with an issue with their vision and they might not talk about their difficulty, because they don't actually realize they are having a problem seeing. It is even more important to monitor the indicators of vision problems as your child progresses through school.

Struggling to meet the demands schoolwork can make on a student's eyes may noticeably affect their academic performance. New classroom technology, like interactive whiteboards, can even exaggerate previously unknown vision problems. If a student doesn't have good enough vision, it isn't just their school work that suffers. It's mentally and emotionally challenging for them also.

If your child has already been tested for and fitted with glasses, the start of the school year is a good opportunity to reassess the suitability of his or her current frames and perhaps purchase your child new glasses to start off the new year. Even though your child might be able to see with his or her current pair of glasses, they may need to be adjusted or perhaps the lenses are not optimally positioned anymore due to normal growth. If children don't feel good in their glasses, they will probably avoid wearing them.

Find a good time to come see us when you're gearing up for the new academic year. We'll do our very best to help our young patients start the academic year with great vision.

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