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Dr. Kayla Bechthold Blog: Does My Child Need an Eye Exam Before School Starts?

Eye exams for children are necessary to insure your child's eyes are healthy and have no vision issue that will interfere with learning.


One in four children have reading and learning issues due to undiagnosed vision problems. Even though teachers do an amazing job and vary their learning atmosphere as much as possible, 80% of learning in the classroom is visual.


Seeing 20/20 in the distance is great, and definitely needed to navigate school. But excellent distance visual acuity is only one of the visual skills that are needed for learning.


In order to read comfortably, one needs good visual acuity at all distances. The eyes must have good teaming skills to have depth perception or stereo visual acuity. The eyes must move well to jump from word to word. The eyes must be able to focus at distance and near quickly and accurately to see a smart board then take notes.


Most times glasses or contact lenses are what’s needed to solve vision related learning issues. Sometimes, however, vision therapy, eye exercises or eye patching are needed to improve vision issues.


The American Optometric Association recommends a complete eye exam at 6 months, 3 years, and 5 years of age. If no visual issues are found every 2 years for an eye exam is recommended. If there are visual concerns, then usually exams are recommended once per year, or more often as determined by your Optometrist.


School is starting soon, call today to schedule an eye exam for your child