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Back to School – Taking Care of Your Child’s Eyesight

children 20in 20black 20and 20white 20coatsWhen the new school year starts, parents and students are preparing  new school supplies, buying new clothes,  and making sure that each child arrives to school on time for their first day.   Good vision is important, not just because they can see clearer, but it's their gateway into the world in the learning. "Addressing your child's vision early on will ensure they acquire a strong education, develop good learning skills, and participate in class without struggling due to vision impairment." Says Dr. Roth from Bridger Eye Care in Bozeman, MT.

What Can An Eye Exam For My Child Detect?

Multiple eye conditions can go unnoticed as your child grows up, and an eye doctor's expertise can detect them early on and provide the right treatment. Myopia or nearsightedness is one of the most common eye conditions that children face, where their eyesight will start to blur at 10 to 13 inches. Being able to see up close is important for reading, writing, and any deskside activity that your child may be involved in like arts & crafts.

Not as common as, farsightedness does play a vital role in your child's vision, especially when they need to read the blackboard / whiteboard.  When your child is out playing sports on the field, seeing distances is key to improving their hand-eye coordination and overall performance.  Along with farsightedness, binocular coordination, the ability to use both eyes together, will determine how well your child develops the focusing skills comp referral awareness, and completing homework. As a parent, your job is to keep an eye out for signs & symptoms about your child's vision, whether he/she may have a visual processing problem. Making sure your child has an annual eye exam with an eye doctor can prevent and  ensure long term eye health.

If you notice that your child gets headaches, appears to have a short attention span, or uses their finger to guide themselves when reading, this could be convergence insufficiency.  Convergence insufficiency means that your child has a hard time focusing on a certain point up close, which can cause words to jump or blur as the attempt to read words or sentences. If you notice that your child's eyes don't seem to move together or in the same direction, and your child needs to tilt his head or squint in order to see clearly, this could be an indication of Strabismus.

There are a number of other possible symptoms like difficulty remembering, misidentifying shapes, or excessive blinking and rubbing eyes, and all these need an expert opinion of an eye doctor when determining your child's eye health.

For more information, contact our office today.

Dr Carl (1)