Out of all the items that should be on your back to school to-do list, you may have forgotten the most important one: your child's back to school eye examination. Up to 80 percent of all children's learning is visual, which means having corrected eyesight and ensuring that the two eyes are focusing together is the one thing you can do to ensure your child gets the best learning experience possible. At The Eye Institute of Wyoming, we're dedicated to giving out patients the best eye care possible, and for children aged five and over, that means getting their eyes checked before they start the school year.
Vision Screening vs. Eye Examinations
Your child's pediatrician will give her a series of vision screenings throughout her first years, and most schools will even do rudimentary vision screenings in classrooms. These screening are only designed to determine whether children have adequate distance vision, to be able to see the front of the classroom, for instance. They're useful in pinpointing the children with the world problems with nearsightedness, but that's as far as they go.
Our thorough eye examinations, on the other hand, look for much more. We do a visual acuity test, but it looks for farsightedness and astigmatism as well as for nearsightedness. We're also concerned with your child's eye health. Our doctor looks for muscular development, watches to make sure both eyes are tracking the same, checks for lazy eye and for eyes that are misaligned or crossed, and for the first signs of any developing eye diseases.
Back to School Concerns
Your child's proper vision correction is most important when bringing him to our office, but we know that a well-rounded student has other concerns besides reading books and seeing the front of the class. An increasing number of schools allow or require computer or tablet use in their classrooms, and it's the rare student that never uses a computer for doing homework, at least some of the time. With the increase in digital screen use of all types, we're concerned with the increase in blue light exposure children are experiencing. Blue light can cause sleep problems in children, can cause eye irritation and blurred vision, and can even contribute to serious, permanent eye conditions. We'll advise about blue light use, and can add blue light blocking film to your child's eyeglasses.
If your child enjoys after school team sports, it's important that you let us know. Eye protection is key in any sport, and we have a full line of protective eyewear for active children. From goggles to tough, unbreakable eyeglasses, make sure to make protective eyewear part of your child's sports equipment.
If you're looking for a caring and dedicated eyecare team for your child, give one of our offices a call. You can contact us in Casper at (307) 235-5384 or in Douglas at (307) 358-2900 for an appointment.