Keeping Your Children’s Eyes Healthy

 

My whole family wears glasses.  My mom, dad, brother and I all do!  However my husband has had perfect vision the whole 18 yrs we have been married so I was hoping that my children would inherit his eyes.  A couple of years ago we found out that wasn’t to be for all of my children when my 11 yr old (now 13) starting complaining that he wasn’t seeing things very well.  He was struggling to see signs when we were in the car and struggling to see the church’s screen at the front where many things were listed for the service.  My children are homeschooled and we don’t really use a chalkboard very often so my son doesn’t have to see distance for school.  This is why we didn’t notice in his school work.

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If I would have been doing rountine eye checks with him we would have found the problem much faster but it snuck up on us. Poor vision can cause headaches, dizziness, and just a feeling of frustration when when are children are walking around with it, not realizing the problem.

My brother who was very bright(ended up being an attorney) started having vision problems when he was very young. His school performance started to suffer and no one understood why. He was too young for reading and really couldn’t express at the time what it was but after a pediatrician recommended a vision test they realized he had a vsion problem caused by astigmatism and was near sighted.  Once my brother received his glasses he had no more problems in school.

This is why it is SO important to get your eye exams in before the school year, if your child has a problem they will be able to get it taken care of before their year of learning.  This visit is also  important because it helps us as parents find the problems early on and it helps us prevent any problems that may creep up on us.

VSP provides some wonderful tips to keep your families eyes healthy:

*Eye exams are important for everyone in your family – from babies to adults, and everyone in between.

*Annual eye exams – such as the VSP Vision Care WellVision Exam® – are important to your overall health. They allow VSP eye doctors to detect early signs of health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, among others.

*As you get ready for your child to go back to school, don’t forget that getting them an annual eye exam can help them learn and experience life to the fullest.

*Parents should take their children to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam starting as young as six months old, then again at three years old, before kindergarten and every year after that.

*In-school screenings do not provide the same level of detection as comprehensive eye exams.

*80 percent of what we learn is through our eyes, making this an essential for your back-to-school “to do” list.

*Common signs of vision problems include squinting, head tilting, avoiding “close work,” trouble focusing, continuous rubbing of their eyes, headaches, etc.

*1 in 4 children have an undetected vision condition that can negatively impact learning.

Don’t forget that your children’s eyes are very important.  You wouldn’t think to not get their physical every year for school, don’t forget to get their eye exam either.  They need healthy eyes to perform their best and to see this beautiful world they live in!

Visit SeeMuchMore for more information about VSP and vision care benefits. I was selected for this post by the Clever Girls Collective, and all opinions expressed are my own.

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