Many children are visual learners. In fact, researchers found that children understand information better when it’s presented or demonstrated to them. This is why it’s necessary to take care of their eyes as early on as possible.
Insight Vision Center Optometry, your trusted provider of scleral lenses and other quality eye care, explains the role of good eyesight in helping your kids achieve their full academic potential.
How Vision Problems Affect Your Children
Children don’t often realize that they are having vision problems, which is why it’s best to be observant of their habits. Frequent squinting, eye rubbing or head tilting are some typical signs showing that they are struggling to see clearly. These habits serve as compensatory mechanisms when your kids are having a hard time focusing on things within their visual field.
Children who like to sit near to the TV or hold their books up-close, for example, may be having difficulties seeing things from afar. This is a hallmark sign of myopia, also known as nearsightedness. It’s a refractive error that often develops during one’s younger years. We may prescribe corrective eyeglasses, contact lenses or vision therapy for their better viewing ease. These can help your kids see the things written on their classroom board or catch a ball when playing with their friends.
Importance of Routine Eye Tests
One of the best ways to maintain your children’s eyesight is to have them undergo routine eye tests. There are two ways of doing so: vision screenings and comprehensive eye exams. The former involves a brief and general assessment of your kids’ eyes, which is usually part of their school requirements. Vision screenings primarily aim to establish your children’s risk of developing vision problems that may interfere with their academic performance.
Comprehensive eye exams, on the other hand, involve an extensive evaluation of all aspects of your kids’ visual health. We may start by asking about their personal and family medical histories. We may then perform a series of tests to assess their ocular structures and functions. This can help us determine if they need corrective eyewear or vision therapy to help them see better, ensuring their continuous learning and development.
Start taking care of you and your children’s eyes today by having an eye exam. Call us at (714) 988-6179, or complete our form to schedule an appointment. We serve Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and nearby California areas.