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Step-by-Step Guide: Eye Health for Kids School Year

August 27th, 2018
Eye Health For Kids

Back-to-School is a hectic time for all parents. There is a rush and frenzy to start a new school year on the right foot. With the beginning of such a pivotal time in your child’s life, it is critical to provide the best, whether that be school supplies or healthcare essentials. If your child hasn’t seen an eye doctor already, it is a good idea to schedule an annual exam with a local optometrist in Jacksonville, FL.

Vision is such an important part of your student’s success. There are some general eye health practices that children should follow. Visual perception cannot be changed, because vision is hereditary. Vision can lead to behavioral and visual changes that will become noticeable if your child has bad vision. A new school year and new school could lead to more information about your child’s health. A vision screening from the school may prompt a necessity for glasses. It is in your best interest to seek an appointment with a local optometry office. This comprehensive guide lays out the information you may need to stay on top of your child’s eye health before the school year begins.

  1. Practice general eye health.
  2. Notice behavioral and visual warning signs.
  3. Be aware of vision screening results if provided by the school.
  4. Schedule an eye exam with your local optometry office.


General Eye Health Practices

Although most health conditions are hereditary, there are practices best suitable for your child’s health. We recommend that children from 5-6 years old should receive their first eye exam. As your child is growing, it is so important that they understand how to maintain good eye health. Plenty of soft, natural light is preferred while reading and doing homework. There are some very easy rules for your children follow:

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Noticing Behavioral & Visual Changes

When your child is experiencing poor vision there will be noticeable signs of discomfort and fatigue. Kids will rub their eyes and complain about a headache because of blurred vision. They might not realize distinctively that their poor vision is the cause for these symptoms. In the classroom, kids can display multiple disruptive behaviors because of a change in vision. Most commonly, kids will explain they need to sit closer to the board which may or may not actually rectify the situation; kids will squint to see the words or numbers on the board. Children who can’t see, can’t focus. The lack in focus will cause their grades to go down because they cannot participate at the visual level of their peers. Some kids will even act out and become disruptive because of their frustration with learning. Hopefully, your child isn’t frustrated with their vision. If you notice these signs, it is best to seek an opinion from a healthcare provider.

Vision Screenings at School

Your child’s first encounter with an optometrist might stem from a vision screening at their school. At one point in time, this was commonplace. The vision screening is graded on a pass or fails system. Because the number of students receiving screenings, the doctor will not discuss details of the results or information about eye-health with your child. Therefore, it is not an in-depth analysis of your child’s actual eye health. If you get a form from the doctor that states your child failed the screening, it is highly important to book an appointment with your local eye doctor. In some areas, it is mandatory to look after this issue. There is a difference between vision screenings and eye exams. To read more about the difference in a vision screening and eye exam, visit the accompanying information from our FAQs.

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Eye Exam at Local Optometry

Booking an appointment with your local Optometrist should be an easy and informative process. Your child will need to complete a comprehensive eye exam. Eye exams test for a plethora of eye related issues. One exam will test the pressure of the eye which can determine signs of glaucoma, high blood pressure, ocular diseases, etc. Fundus photography is recommended to examine the back of the retina which can show signs of cataracts, diabetes, and heart disease. Children will have their eyes dilated for the refractive exam. After dilation, it will be a little blurry for them to see for about 4 hours up close. We recommend they take a nap while eye drop medication subsides. Refractive exams determine a potential prescription for eye wear. Once the exams have finished, your child will be working with an Optician to get glasses if necessary.

We hope this school year is one of the best for your growing kids! Our comprehensive step-by-step guide should be a helpful resource to navigate this concern, if it arises. As your local eye doctor clinic in Jacksonville Fl, we would love to answer any concerns that you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us or book an appointment to find out more. Good luck with the Back-to-School season!

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