Parents of school-aged children have a huge laundry list of items that they need to get through before the new the school year begins. They need to go-back-to-school shopping, get their children registered and see the primary doctor, but there is an important task that doesn’t often make the cut – scheduling an appointment with the optometrist.
August is National Eye Exam Month so there’s no better time to give everyone a refresher on the importance of eye health. Did you know that nearly 50 percent of parents with children under the age of 12 have never taken their children to see an eye care professional? As Lions and Lionesses, we understand that vision problems are an incredibly common issue, but now is the time for us to spread the word about the many benefits of scheduling an eye exam for children:
- Perform well in school
Eighty percent of a child’s learning is related to sight; however, vision problems affect one in twenty preschoolers and one in four school-aged children. The biggest issue is that children sometime don’t know or can’t tell when they aren’t seeing correctly. After visiting the eye care professional, there is no question.
- Detect eye conditions early on
Without early detection and treatment, some vision problems can lead to more serious complications such as permanent vision loss, learning disabilities and delayed development. Checking for these conditions is part of a routine eye exam.
- Determine correct prescription
Eyes are continuously changing over time. By visiting your eye care professional annually, parents can be sure that their children always have the right prescription.
For the rest of the month, Lions Pride is encouraging your loved ones to schedule an eye exam for their children as well as themselves. Let’s work together to be sure everyone is seeing clearly!