In the back to school season, it can sometimes be a struggle to make sure your kids are up to date on everything they need, and sometimes things slip through your fingers. While a comprehensive eye exam is recommended for all students at the beginning of the school year, it isn’t required, and so a lot of students fall behind.
It’s not uncommon for elementary schools to give vision screenings — usually, the ones with letters on the board, and this can help diagnose your child. However, an elementary school can’t go any further. They can give you a prescription to help get a pair of glasses, but they can’t fit them for you. It may be money saved, but that’s no way to treat your child’s eyesight.
A comprehensive eye exam diagnoses vision problems, yes, but they actually follow up on the problems. Rather than having to trust in a generic pair of glasses, they can help you get the best glasses for your child and fit them properly. This exam can also detect signs of vision problems before they become apparent, so they can be resolved right away.
Treat your child’s vision as carefully as you’d treat yours; they can’t advocate for themselves as well as you can. If they do have vision problems, treat them before they turn into classroom problems.