The “Back-to-School-Back-to-the-Optometrist” Visit

After a long summer break, most families in Hampton Roads are diving into the “back-to-school” mode and all of its required activities.    Most of us will be creating lists which may include:  new clothes, haircut, school supplies, new shoes, and these days even unlimited text-messaging plans seem to be making their way onto the list.   But how many families put annual eye exams on this back-to-school list?

Considering there is nothing more essential to educational success than good vision, we urge everyone to add the “back-to-school-back-to-the-optometrist” visit to their list.   This will help prevent vision changes from interfering with the learning process, and thus ensure that students are starting the school year with their best vision possible.

While some children may report to their parents any experiences of blurry vision, the majority of school-aged children may not.    Here are some other signs or indicators your child may be having some vision difficulties that need to be addressed by an optometrist:

  • Squinting
  • Moving closer to the television or the board at school
  • Taking current glasses off to read
  • Headaches
  • Double or shadow-like vision
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Closing an eye to read
  • Moving glasses closer or further away from eyes in order to see

However,  even if your child is not demonstrating any of the above issues, it is still a great idea to schedule that annual visit to the optometrist.    That way any subtle changes in prescription or near-focusing abilities may be detected before any affect on the child’s performance at school.   And, of course, a complete ocular health evaluation is a great reason for annual eye exams for everybody.    In addition, issues such as dry eye and allergies can affect vision and be addressed by a visit to the optometrist.

As always, if you have any questions let us know.   We hope you find these blog posts useful and we hope that you schedule your child’s “back-to-school-back-to-the-optometrist” visit soon.

Dr. Beach.