hargraveeyecenter_childeyeAs the summer comes to a close, people are getting ready to head back to school for the upcoming school year. In a recent article by Leader and Times, having good vision is a key accessory to head back to school. While busy with thoughts of school supplies to buy, many people neglect a vision screening on their back to school list. According to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, 25% of students between the kindergarten and sixth grade have some kind of vision problem that could deter them from their learning. This is why it is very important to make sure the child/children in your life are tested to make sure this doesn’t impede them from success in school and beyond. The most common problems that doctors find when testing their patients eyesight is refractive problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are the most common and can be easily identified.

In addition, not getting screened can lead to academic underperformance, and serious health conditions that range from diabetes to lazy eye. Its also hard for children to know that there is a problem wrong with their vision because they wouldn’t know what to compare it to. Children see what they want to see. They don’t realize that they are going to suffer and that their academic performance will also suffer. In addition to the problems noted- the children would also struggle with reading issues and not being able to acquire information visually effectively. According to the article the kids that have some sort of vision impairment are the ones who struggle the most in school. The put in the work and effort but don’t seem to get good grades or perform well on tests. Since the first day of school is quickly approaching, the time is now to get your child’s eyes screened to prevent any issues in the future. Teachers also are great resources for spotting problems with vision because they see the children day in and day out. Researchers have put together a checklist that teachers now follow to determine if one of their students is experiencing vision problems. Moving forward- before you child goes to school this fall, make sure to get them screened for vision complications.