Good vision allows children to have fun doing whatever they like to do in their spare time. It also plays a critical role in academic success. Your child's school or even your primary care physician may do vision screenings. However, there is no substitute for regular, comprehensive exams from an eye doctor.
Advantages of Taking Your Child to an Eye Doctor
When you take your child to an optometrist, you get a well-trained eye care professional. Most people who do eye screenings do not have the training to match that of a specialist.
Our optometrist, serving Blue Springs, Raymore, and Raytown, also has a lot more testing equipment than do the people who perform screening exams. This means that we can detect and treat a greater number of eye conditions in your child.
Testing Binocular Vision
Our eye doctor can assess your child's binocular vision, which is a measure of how well his eyes work together in focusing. Problems in this area may mean that your child will have trouble with reading comprehension. He may also struggle to concentrate when reading or experience fatigue when doing so.
Since the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are similar to those of binocular vision issues, sometimes children are diagnosed as having one of these conditions when they actually have binocular vision issues.
Eyewear Helps Some Vision Problems
Many students are nearsighted or have myopia, which means that distant objects appear blurry to them whereas nearer ones are much clearer. Some children are farsighted or have presbyopia, which means that near objects appear out of focus whereas nearby ones are in focus.
One solution to improving vision in these cases is to fit your child with eyewear. An eye doctor can test your child's eyes and then prescribe corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Suggested Frequency of Eye Exams for Students
The American Optometric Association recommends that students 6 through 17 years old have their vision checked before entering first grade. After that, annual testing is recommended.
Eye exams for people 18 through 39 years of age should occur at least every two years. Students with a family history of eye disorders or whose mothers had infections or other medical problems often require more frequent exams.
We Have the Locations to Serve You
Increase your child's chances of a more successful academic life by visiting an eye care specialist. If your child cannot see well enough to read or participate in extracurricular activities, his or her self-esteem also suffers.
Advanced Eyecare is conveniently located in Blue Springs, Raymore, and Raytown. Contact us today to make an appointment with our optometrist for the student who lives with you.