I highly recommend yearly eye exams for school-aged children as children grow, their eyes can change. Good vision is crucial for optimum school performance.The most common problem in school-aged children is blurry vision caused by near-sightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
However, it is important to remember that a child who can see clearly and have 20/20 vision may still have a vision problem related to focusing, eye-tracking, or coordination.
The vision skills needed for reading and learning are complex. A comprehensive eye exam is especially important this year as students are becoming more reliant on digital technology due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Increased online learning / prolonged viewing of digital screens make our eyes work harder.
Digital eyestrain occurs when the vision demands exceed our abilities.
An eye exam can detect any underlying vision concerns, and optometrists can make students aware of healthy habits such as frequent breaks from extended screen use and not using screens before bedtime.