Children demand a lot from their eyes. They need to be able to see so they can safely get to school, understand concepts learned in the classroom, do their homework, and participate in extracurricular activities.
In short, their eyes must function well.
If not, they are susceptible to various eye conditions and diseases.
Here are five reasons why back-to-school time is the perfect time to see your optometrist.
1. It’s Been A Year Since Your Last Exam
If you haven’t visited your optometrist within the past year, now is a perfect time.
We advocate most people get their eyes checked once a year.
This helps students:
- Safely navigate to school, whether they are taking a bus or driving themselves.
- See their textbooks, the whiteboard or chalkboard, and any projections the teacher shares.
- Play sports or participate in other after-school activities.
The inability to do these is challenging for students and may lower morale.
2. You Have More Free Time
Once the school year hits, calendars clog up with the bus schedule, school schedule, after-care (if needed), homework, and other extracurricular activities. This is further complicated with multiple children.
Seeing your optometrist before school bypasses these hurdles.
Additionally, putting the appointment off until winter increases the risk of inclement weather.
3. You Have Vision Problems
Children may face a variety of symptoms if they have vision problems. They include:
- Loss of vision in one eye
- Tunnel vision
- Consistent eye rubbing or blinking
- Tilting the head to the side or covering one eye to read
- Inability to see in the darkness
These symptoms plague students who are reading in class or writing homework after school.
4. You Are Engaged In Extracurricular Activities
Healthy eyes extend beyond the classroom.
They’re also important for activities such as student government, a student newspaper, and plays and musicals. Almost any activity requires students to read or write.
Sports, in particular, pose unique challenges to students, as they could result in injuries to the eyes or other parts of the body.
Consult with your optometrist about how best to protect your eyes in your sport of choice. The optometrist may recommend sports goggles to reduce the risks to your eyes to give you a full, healthy athletic career.
5. You Want To Try Out Something New
Back-to-school time is a great time to try out new glasses or new contacts.
The latest eyeglass frames are ready to try. Maybe you are entering a new school year with a bold new attitude, and you want a style to match.
Additionally, as eyes evolve, contacts have been made to adapt.
Before school starts again, make sure your new glasses or contacts fit you and will allow you to succeed at whatever you’re doing.
A new school year is as good a time as any to see your optometrist. Schedule an appointment with yours today.