It’s Back-To-School Season! Don’t Forget about your Child’s Eye Exam
Why are adolescent eye exams important?
It’s that time of year again; back-to-school season. From notebooks to calculators, parents alike are clamoring to prepare their children for the school year ahead. With a million and one things on everyone’s plate, it is easy to forget about adolescent eye exams, but it is arguably one of the most important. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA) up to 80% of learning students experience is through vision1. However, it has been reported that approximately 1 in 10 children have enough vision impairment to affect learning1. With many of these children they are often misdiagnosed as having Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)1. Before jumping to these conclusions, consider having a comprehensive eye exam for your child to deduct whether their vision is the culprit of their learning behavior. While vision screenings can catch gross problems with vision, professional comprehensive exams which look for age specific needs, will be the most accurate way to determine your child’s visual needs.
So when do I take my child in to see an optometrist?
According to the AOA, it is recommended to bring your child in for an eye exam at the ages of6 months old, 3 years old, and right before school starts at age 5 or 6 years old2. At each eye exam, there will be different considerations for prescriptions, ocular alignment, and visual perceptual evaluations. As children’s eyes are generally still changing until approximately right before school age, it is important to see that your children’s eyes aren’t only tracking on the healthy trajectory, but also to clear any signs of ocular pathology.
During an adolescent exam, Dr. Gozini and Dr. Pham ask about developmental history as well as current hobbies, social life, and academic interests. Gaining a comprehensive understanding of your child’s visual needs and motivations help determine their appropriate correction and visual recommendations. In Brentwood, Los Angeles, we are here to support your entire family and their ocular health!