Navigation Links
Is Eye Exam on Your Back-to-School List?
Date:8/31/2009

Kids should have first vision screening at 6 months of age, optometrists say

MONDAY, Aug. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Parents should add an eye exam to their children's back-to-school list, experts say.

Studies show that 86 percent of children start school without ever having an eye examination, even though youngsters can't learn if they can't see properly.

According to the American Optometric Association's 2009 survey, which assesses the knowledge and understanding of issues related to eye and visual health, 88 percent of respondents were unaware that one in four students has a visual impairment.

"Because a child's vision may change frequently, regular eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom success," said Dr. Michael Earley, optometrist and the AOA's vision and learning specialist, in an association news release. "Unfortunately, most parents are not including eye exams as part of their child's back-to-school health check-up."

According to the survey, 58 percent of parents did not take their child for an eye exam before age 3. The AOA recommends that the first eye assessment takes place at 6 months of age, followed by comprehensive eye exams starting at age 3, and then repeat exams every two years, unless directed otherwise by an optometrist.

Previous studies have found that 60 percent of children labeled as "problem learners" may actually have undetected vision problems and are sometimes incorrectly diagnosed as having attention-deficit disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, the association noted.

Treatment is more likely to be successful if vision problems are detected and treated early, according to the news release.

In between visits to the eye doctor, parents and teachers should watch for signs of eye problems. Schedule an eye exam if you notice that your child:

  • Loses their place while reading
  • Avoids close work
  • Has a tendency to rub their eyes
  • Complains of frequent headaches
  • Turns or tilts their head when looking at something
  • Makes frequent reversals when reading or writing
  • Uses a finger to keep their place when reading
  • Confuses or omits simple words when reading
  • Seems to consistently perform below potential
  • Struggles to finish their homework
  • Squints while reading or watching television
  • Experiences behavioral problems
  • Holds reading material too close to their face

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more on children's eye exams.



--Dennis Thompson



SOURCE: American Optometric Association, news release, Aug. 24, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Soothe Back-to-School Anxiety, Teach Kids to Relax
2. TSCRA Insurance Services Shares Importance of Back-to-School Preventative Health Care
3. Give Shoes the '1,2,3 Test' During Back-To-School Shopping
4. Get Smart About Swine Flu for Back-to-School
5. Back-to-School Parents Earn an A+ in Safety: Backpacks, Cheerleading, Football
6. Back-to-School Health: Are Your Childs Eyes Ready for the Classroom?
7. Parents Urged to Make Change to Save Change at Back-to-School Time
8. Washington Dental Service Encourages Dental Checkups as Part of Back-to-School Routine
9. Back-to-School Campaign Motivates Children and Parents to Embrace Habits for Health
10. Add Earlier Bedtime to Back-to-School List
11. Time to Set Kids Back-to-School Sleep Clocks
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Is Eye Exam on Your Back-to-School List? 
(Date:5/22/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 22, 2017 , ... Today, Our ... Washington, MO with a public ribbon cutting ceremony. Since opening over a ... an alternative to the emergency room. The new Our Urgent Care walk-in clinic ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... ... May 22, 2017 , ... WeightZone ... Wellocity to empower WeightZone Factor members to track their exercise patterns, monitor behavioral ... health education, all on their mobile phones. It also provides social networks for ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... May 20, 2017 , ... Pixel Film Studios presents a ... in Final Cut Pro X. The business-oriented elements and dignified animations are designed ... Corporate will deliver a professional and distinguished look to any multi-line text animation ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... , ... May 21, 2017 , ... Following the tragic ... York became the first state to require that hospitals follow a protocol to quickly ... the medical community as to whether such steps would have saved Rory or anyone ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... ... May 19, 2017 , ... When Kyle Busch graduates from ... will already appear on two major research studies that could impact the health of ... Matt Daggett, KCU alumnus and an orthopedic surgeon, alongside an international team trying to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/2/2017)... 2, 2017  George Clinical, a leading full-service CRO ... and Vector Oncology, a Memphis ... announced today that George Clinical has acquired Vector ... the dual purpose of strengthening the ability of ... delivery solutions throughout the Asia-Pacific ...
(Date:5/2/2017)... , May 2, 2017  Bayer and Project Apis ... from Healthy Hives 2020, a $1 million research effort to ... by the end of 2020. The grant ... Rueppell , University of North Carolina at Greensboro, who will ... bees; Dr. Edmund Stark , Michigan ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... Holdings, Inc. ("Hill-Rom") (NYSE: HRC ) ... quarter ended March 31, 2017, and raised its ... updated guidance reflect the contribution from the Mortara ... February 14, 2017.  For the fiscal ... diluted share compared to $0.33 per diluted share ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: