ARE YOU READY FOR SCHOOL?
As the first day of school rapidly approaches it is time for the annual back to school shopping for clothes, backpacks, pencils, pens and book covers. This is also a great time to schedule your kids’ annual eye exams. Did you know until the end of September 2017 we have a back to school sale – buy one pair and get a second pair 50% off? This sale isn’t limited just to your kids.
August is children’s eye health and safety month. As a good rule of thumb you should have your children’s eyes examined by an eye care professional during their well visits starting around the age of three, and also before the start of each school year. If your children struggle to see, it may inhibit their ability to learn as they head back to school this year.
Your children’s eye doctor can help to ensure that they are seeing clearly. These exams look into the back of the eye for overall eye health, but are also able to detect things such as:
- Ptosis (drooping of the eyelid)
- Color deficiency (color blindness)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Strabismus (cross eyes)
Early detection of vision problems can make a big difference when it comes to your child’s ability to learn. If they suffer to see, they will more than likely suffer to learn as many people learn by sight.
Keeping your children’s eyes safe is another part of maintaining healthy vision. Did you know that eye injuries are the leading cause of vision loss in children? There are a few basic rules that you should follow to help ensure that your child is not one of the 42,000 sports related eye injuries that occur each year.
- All children should wear protective eye gear while participating in sports or physical activities.
- Be sure to purchase age appropriate toys and avoid those toys which have sharp or pointy edges.
Give your kids the best chance of success this year by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam. Make sure that your children are able to see clearly. Protecting their ability to see will help them to have the best chance of success as they head back to school this year!
About the author: John D. Bissell, owner of Bissell Eye Care and Tri-State Low Vision Services, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify. The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.