Back To School – What Parents Need To Know

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When it comes to back-to-school vision exams, the following three topics are crucial to ensure students’ visual health and success in the classroom:

**Vision Screening and Refractive Errors:** 

This topic covers the importance of vision screening for students to detect refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Early detection of these issues can significantly impact a student’s ability to learn and perform well in school. The discussion can include information on common signs of vision problems in children, the significance of regular eye exams, and the potential consequences of uncorrected refractive errors on academic performance.

According to the American Optometric Association, there are 6 things that should be addressed during your child’s eye exam: 

  1. Visual acuity
  2. Eye focusing
  3. Eye tracking
  4. Eye teaming
  5. Eye-hand coordination
  6. Visual perception

**Digital Eye Strain and Blue Light Exposure:** 

With the increasing use of digital devices like smartphones, tablets, and computers in the classroom and for homework, students are exposed to blue light, which can lead to digital eye strain. According to this article in Irish Tech News, blue light can affect our sleep cycles, cause headaches and dry eye, affect our serotonin levels, and negatively impact our moods. 

This topic highlights the risks associated with excessive screen time, methods to reduce eye strain and protect visual health, and the importance of taking regular breaks from digital devices. It may also include discussions on appropriate screen brightness, the use of blue light filters, and how to maintain a healthy balance between screen time and other activities.

**Visual Skills and Learning Difficulties:** 

This topic delves into the relationship between visual skills and learning difficulties in students. It covers how certain visual skills, such as eye tracking, focusing, and convergence, are essential for reading and comprehension. 

Vision problems can sometimes be misdiagnosed as learning disabilities, making it crucial to differentiate between the two. By addressing and treating vision-related learning difficulties, educators and parents can support students in their academic journey and help them reach their full potential.

Richard is passionate about helping kids feel more confident and do better in school with early detection of vision difficulties. To read more about vision issues and school eye exams, review our School Vision page

By addressing these three topics during back-to-school vision exams, students’ visual health can be safeguarded, and any potential issues can be identified and treated promptly, promoting a successful and enjoyable learning experience.
If you are seeking a back to school vision exam, contact us to schedule an appointment now.

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