Posted on September 6th, 2017
A new survey by VSP Vision Care and You.gov found that 50.1% of parents in the United States overlook a back-to-school eye exam for their school-age children. Although 76% stated that sight is the most important sense and 80% of parents say they believe back-to-school eye exams are important for their children, their attitudes do not seem to match their actions.
It may seem surprising, but children that cannot read or even speak yet can still have a comprehensive eye exam. Dr. Miller and Dr. Stola have many different ways in which they can test vision and determine if a child needs glasses. The connection between the eyes and the brain starts early. Vision impairments and eye disorders are the third-leading chronic condition among U.S. children. Most what children learn in school is through vision and given that 1 in 4 children have a vision problem, it is easy to see why a back-to-school eye exam with an eye doctor is important. Pediatric vision screenings do not test for many visual related problems. They are intended to be a screening, not a comprehensive eye examination.
“As an optometrist and a mom, I encourage parents to prioritize back-to-school eye exams, the same way you wouldn’t miss a dentist or pediatrician visit. I know that we are all busy as moms, but vision and eye health is so important for learning.” Dr. Miller