August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

It’s August, and it’s back to school for children. Your child’s behavior and performance in school are affected by vision. And since 80% of learning comes through our eyes, it is important to maintain your child’s eye health and visual efficiency.

 

Children are at risk for:
• Amblyopia (lazy eye)
• Refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism)
• Strabismus (crossed or wandering eyes)

Look for these warning signs:
• Squinting, closing or covering one eye
• Holding reading material close to the face
• Losing one’s place while reading
• Excessive clumsiness
• Using a finger while reading
• Tilting the head to one side
• Performing below potential
• Short attention span or frequent daydreaming
• Rubbing eyes repeatedly
• Classroom performance well below expectations

Clear, comfortable, efficient vision is an important tool for your child’s success in school and having their eyes checked every year will ensure they are prepared. In support of Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, we encourage you to schedule your child’s annual vision exam.

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