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How to Recognize if Your Child has a Vision Problem

One item that is often left off the back-to-school to-do list – and it often means the difference between "A's" and "D's" – visiting the eye doctor.

The school year has begun in Roswell and children are back in class. Parents may have made appointments with the pediatrician, bought new clothes and supplies, but most may have forgotten one important thing—a visit to the eye doctor.

Since 80 percent of learning in the classroom is based on vision, it’s important that children have annual eye exams, especially because children have a difficult time recognizing if they have a vision problem.  In fact, one in four children ages 5-17 has a vision problem that can affect learning and the child’s performance in school. There are some signs and symptoms that parents should be on the lookout for to determine if their child has a vision problem.

Many eye diseases go undetected and this can hinder your child’s ability to learn properly in the classroom. Eighty percent of visual impairment is preventable if detected and treated early enough. A routine eye exam includes tests to determine nearsightedness, farsightedness, eye coordination and eye muscle function. An optometrist will also check your eye coordination, eye muscle function and eye health. A simple visit to the eye doctor can help ensure that your child has a great start to the school year.

If in fact your child does need vision correction, a doctor will help determine whether glasses or contact lenses are a better fit. Many young children and teens get fitted for contact lenses. Typically, we recommend a daily disposable lens for tweens and teens, like Bausch + Lomb’s SofLens daily disposables, as these lenses require no maintenance and are thrown out nightly, minimizing the risk of infection.

To ensure your child has a healthy and productive school year, consider booking an annual eye exam. After all, it’ll be difficult for your child to learn without being able to see the blackboard.

Dr. Naheed Ahmad is an optometrist at in Roswell.

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