Why Kids Need Eye Care

Why Kids Need Eye Care

Find out 5 reasons why eye care is important to your child'€™s development.

Children use their eyes constantly throughout the day to read, write, view the chalkboard, work on computers, and play sports. The strain put on their eyes only grows as they get older. While print in books gets smaller, hours spent studying increases. If parents don't get their children proper vision care, they can fall behind in every aspect of development. Here are 5 reasons why it's critical to get your child an eye exam every one to two years, based on their risk factors.

1. 80% of what a child learns occurs through their eyes

When certain visual skills don't develop or they develop poorly, learning is difficult and stressful. Children may avoid reading and near visual work, or attempt to do the work anyway but with less attention to detail. Vision is about more than just seeing clearly. Children must also understand and respond to what they are seeing.

2. Children's eyes are constantly developing

Your child's vision can change without them or you even noticing it. That's why regular vision care is important to make sure that young eyes are on track and developing properly. If you notice any of the 5 warning signs of a vision problem (link to first article here) in your child, take them to see the eye doctor sooner.

3. 1 in 4 school-age children has a vision problem

If left uncorrected, certain problems could result in vision loss. The earlier a vision problem is detected, the more likely treatment will be successful. When needed, doctors can prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, or vision therapy.

4. School vision screenings aren't designed to catch all vision problems

Up to 11% of children who pass a vision screening may actually have a vision problem that needs treatment. Even when a child fails they may not get the proper follow-up care from an eye doctor that they need. One study found that 50% of parents were unaware their child had failed a vision screening.

5. Playing sports requires good vision

If a child consistently fails at a certain skill in a sport, like always swinging late in baseball or hitting the front rim of the basketball hoop, they may have a vision problem. Sports require clear distance vision, good depth perception, a wide field of vision, and hand-eye coordination. When necessary, the right eyewear can not only help improve sports abilities but also help protect children from avoidable eye injuries.

So much of a child's development requires proper vision, but they may not notice or tell you when they're having trouble seeing clearly. The only way to be sure your child's eyes are getting the care they need is to schedule regular comprehensive eye exams with a doctor.


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