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Make an Alpharetta, GA Eye Checkup Part of the Back to School Routine


Many doctors emphasize that about 80 percent of learning takes place through a child's eyes. Because a child's vision may change often, consistent eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom performance. Surprisingly, most parents don't make eye exams part of their child's back-to-school doctor's visit line-up. Additionally a recent survey found that over half of parents don't bring their child for an eye screening until they are three. In truth, the AOA advises that children have their first sight screening at half a year, then comprehensive eye examinations beginning at age three, before entering school. Screenings should continue to be booked consistently every other year after.


Many times the problems a child deals with in the classroom may come from vision impairment. The number of children who have undiagnosed vision problems is exceedingly high. Over 60% of children classified as students with learning-disabilities actually suffer from undiagnosed vision problems. You can avoid potential problems if you make it a priority to ensure your child's vision is up to par.


Don't push off your child's first vision screening until kindergarten. Pediatricians should perform a dilated eye check-up to identify any major eye problems within the first two months after birth. Every child should have a thorough eye check-up by age three, because early intervention can affect development. Furthermore as a parent, it's important to see whether your child enjoys reading. Generally, kindergarteners enjoy looking at books and attempt to read. Children that avoid books or reading may be experiencing a vision issue. A thorough vision check-up by a pediatric optometrist should be one of the methods used in making a diagnosis. For an eye exam for your child in Alpharetta, GA, call our optometrists to schedule an appointment.


Remember that the earlier a vision difficulty is identified and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful. And eyesight is an essential component for school work. If a child's eyesight is limited, he will have a much harder time with assignments. Additionally new technology in the classroom, including using interactive SMARTboards, can also possibly make less obvious vision problems worse. A student with poor vision will be affected both at school, and emotionally and physically. Before school starts this year, make sure your child's vision is on par! Contact us for an Alpharetta, GA eye exam today.