Be an advocate for your child’s vision and eye health!
Can you believe it’s September already? This summer has gone by so fast, in the blink of an eye, and we don’t want this gorgeous weather to end! Just this weekend, we noticed some of the leaves starting to show signs of autumn!
This change also means that it’s time for BACK TO SCHOOL! We may not often think about our children’s eyes when it comes to a new year of school or when we take them in for their checkups with the pediatrician, but their vision is very important!
Early identification of vision problems and eye diseases, including amblyopia, strabismus, and high refractive errors [hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, and anisometropia], is critical for optimal treatment. Vision plays an important role in your child’s physical, mental, and social development. Uncorrected vision problems can impair child development, interfere with learning, and even lead to permanent vision loss. While most children’s eyes are quite healthy, it’s important to have their vision checked regularly. Early detection and treatment of eye problems are critical.
The following information can help make sure your student will see well to learn and grow as they start a new year.
- Make sure your child’s healthcare provider, educator, or public health program completes regular vision screenings.
- Take your child to an eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist) if they do not pass a vision screening, if they are at increased risk of a vision problem due to developmental delay, medical condition, or a family history of vision problems, or if you have a concern about your child’s vision.
- Follow all treatment recommendations the eye doctor prescribes for your child- including eye glasses, wearing an eye patch, medications, and/or surgical recommendations.
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