Eye exams should be an important part of every parent’s back to school routine. Since 80% of a child’s learning is through their eyes, undiagnosed vision problems can have a significant impact on your child’s reading, writing, sports and other visual tasks at school.
Below I am sharing some important signs to watch out for at home since vision changes can often happen without parents or children even noticing.
- Having difficulty reading
- Closing one eye to read or watch TV
- Sitting close to the TV or holding a book too close
- Frequent eye rubbing
- Having trouble seeing the chalk board
- A sudden drop in grades
Since 1 in 4 kids has an undiagnosed vision problem, getting their vision checked every year before school is essential.
I recently stopped by Pearle Vision at Coquitlam Centre with my 6-year-old son for an eye exam*. He was a bit nervous about the exam and what they were going to do. However, the doctors were extremely friendly and made sure to explain everything that was happening, step by step, to make him feel comfortable. They also asked him personal questions like, what his favourite animal was, etc., to get to know him better and get him to feel more relaxed. During the exam, they patiently answered all of our questions, and at the end of the appointment, we were told to come back in a year to do a check-up. Thankfully his vision was perfect!
Remember that even if your child has no symptoms or diagnosed vision problems, you should still get their eyes tested annually. 1 in 4 children has an undiagnosed vision problem and eyeglasses can mean the difference between a child thriving at school or falling behind.
For your convenience, Pearle Vision offers an easy to use online appointment booking service. I booked our appointment through their website and was able to get in to see a doctor within a few days. Click to arrange your child’s exam today.
*Eye exams arranged
Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Pearle Vision. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.