Getting everyone ready to head back to school can be an exciting time of year. But your to-do list can fill up fast, and it’s challenging to get the kids’ clothing and supply shopping finished before the first day of school arrives. Did you forget to schedule your back-to-school child eye exams in all the hustle and bustle? Before you check the eye doctor off your list, consider these stats:
5-10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems
60% of parents don’t feel an eye exam is an essential part of a child’s check-up schedule
Did you know that, when left untreated, some childhood vision problems can be mistakenly diagnosed as a learning disorder, or can eventually cause permanent eye health and vision problems? Additionally, with how quickly children grow, their eyes can change drastically from year to year, requiring regular eye exams to be sure their eyewear helps them see clearly.
Routine Child Eye Exams
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at six months of age. Additional exams should be scheduled for three years of age and before they begin kindergarten or first grade. Parents should at least schedule a pediatric eye exam at least every two years if nothing else.
Designers for children’s eyewear create the frames and lenses with highly durable and shatter-resistant materials. Designer glasses that are both fashionable and functional are also available. It’s easy to get kids excited about glasses, especially when frames can be fun colors and a great way to reflect their unique personality!
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Statistics via thinkaboutyoureyes.com