When making your child’s back-to-school list, be sure to include a stop at the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam.
While some schools offer vision screenings for students, Preston Linley, OD, optometrist with ProMedica Physicians Eye Care, stresses that it shouldn’t substitute for an eye exam.
“There’s a difference between a vision screening in school and a comprehensive eye exam. A vision screening is looking for the possibility of needing an eye exam. A lot of things get missed,” he says.
60% of eye conditions are missed during a vision screening, but an exam can check vision and eye health.
In fact, Dr. Linley notes that 60% of eye conditions are missed during a vision screening. A comprehensive eye exam not only checks visual distance but also looks inside your eye health and can catch things such as tumors, genetic disorders or childhood diseases.
The optometrist recommends scheduling a child’s first comprehensive eye exam sometime between the ages of two and five, again at age six, then every year after. “The younger you can catch something like a visual disorder, the better the outcomes are.”
He continues, “80% of what we learn throughout the world comes through the visual system and that’s why it’s so important for parents to bring their kids in so they can help them reach their full potential.”
Although parents can’t “see” if their child is having vision issues, taking them in for a comprehensive eye exam is one way to help them start the school year out with success.