From picking out school supplies to checking in with your child's new teacher, there's a lot to do before the new school year starts. Don't forget to add a back to school eye exam to your checklist! Dr. Wacasey, Therapeutic Optometrist is board-certified by the American Board of Optometry. Visit us at our Longview office before you send your child back to school.
What Makes an Eye Exam So Important?
Even though vision screenings are offered by some schools, these screenings are limited, and your child won't receive the same level of care that they would get from a pediatric optometrist. Children are often unaware of vision problems, which means that problems won't be detected without a comprehensive exam.
If vision problems aren't properly treated, they can impact a child's performance in school and cause adverse health symptoms, like headaches. During a comprehensive vision exam, an eye doctor will check your child's vision and visual skills. Any vision problems, major or minor, can be detected during an exam, allowing your child to get treatment so that they can see clearly.
How Often Should Children Have Their Eyes Examined?
Typically, children should have their first eye exam between 6 and 12 months of age. A child should also have at least one exam between the ages of 3 and 5. If a child shows symptoms of vision problems, they may need more frequent examinations.
Once a child starts school, it's best to schedule eye exams once per year. Regular eye exams will allow us to monitor your child's vision and track any changes that occur over time. A back to school eye exam is the ideal way to prepare your child for the new school year.
Even minor vision problems can significantly interfere with your child's ability to learn. When children can't see clearly, they may struggle to develop essential skills, like reading. Regular appointments with a pediatric optometrist will help your child thrive.
Schedule a Back to School Eye Exam for Your Child
If you want to get your child's school year off to the best possible start, make sure that they can see clearly. Dr. Wacasey, Therapeutic Optometrist treats patients in White Oak, Lake Port, Kilgore, Hallsville, Diana Gilmer, Gladewater, Longview, and the surrounding areas. We offer a full range of eye care services, which means every member of your family can get the quality care they need. Call our team today at (903) 663-1550 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.