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Posted on 07-25-2017

Children's Eye Doctor Discusses Importance of a Back to School Eye Exams

A back to school eye exam is one of the most important things you can do to help your child start the school year on the right foot. Good vision is essential for a child’s success in the classroom. Visual clues help the brain retrieve and remember information. Visual screenings, although helpful for flagging obvious visual and at times binocular issues, are not true substitutes for full eye exams.

Little girl with stylish glasses is ready for school.

According to the President of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Steven A. Loomis, O.D., “parents and educators often incorrectly assume that if a child passes a school screening, then there is no vision problem. However, many school vision screenings only test for distance visual acuity and the vision skills needed for successful reading and learning are much more complex." Doctors Stokol and Fagala perform comprehensive eye examinations to detect any ocular or visual problems that might impede your child from seeing clearly.

Vision Problems Among School Children

AOA's American Eye-Q® survey revealed that increasing use of technology at home and at school is taking a toll on the eye health and vision of children in America. While technology may enhance learning and provide entertainment, the long-term effects on children's eyes are not yet fully known. And 41 percent of parents report their children spend three or more hours a day using digital devices.

Benefits of a Back to School Eye Exam from a Children's Eye Doctor

Comprehensive eye exams are critical in diagnosing a child’s particular visual need. The American Optometric Association says that one in four children may have an undiagnosed vision problem simply because the children do not realize that their vision is poor or changing.

From ages 6 to 18, a child's vision can change frequently or unexpectedly which can lead to behavioral and attention issues in the classroom.

Contact Our Local Optometrist in Richardson, TX today!

Give your child the best possible start to school this year with a back to school eye exam. Arnold M. Stokol OD & Associates is located at 1301 W Campbell Rd in Richardson, TX. Make an appointment for your child today by contacting us at (972) 669-9229.

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