It’s almost back to school time for Peoria students, so it’s time to schedule your child’s eye exam. Everyone must have routine eye exams, but if your child is getting ready to start kindergarten, it is vital.
There are so many exciting things happening when your child is getting ready to start kindergarten, but don’t let their vision get lost in the shuffle.
Why Eye Exams are Important for Children
Although good vision is always important, any problems that your child may have seeing school work, books, or teachers will cause more issues when they are in a classroom. Preschool-aged children are working on their eye-hand coordination, but when they become school-aged, they will need to focus on reading and whiteboards around the classroom. Your child needs to have all the tools available to succeed in school, and correct vision is at the top of the list.
Studies have shown that children that have trouble seeing will have trouble concentrating and following along with the lessons. They can quickly fall behind the rest of the class, which can cause more issues for your child.
Signs Your Child Has a Vision Problem
Although every child should have an eye exam before the start of school, some signs should be warning flags that your child has a vision problem. If your child was born prematurely, you should get them in for an eye exam. In addition, if your family has a history of vision problems, it’s a good idea to get your child checked.
Other signs of vision issues include headaches, squinting, sensitivity to light, poor eye-hand coordination, and getting too close to things to see them.
It is important that an eye specialist exams your child’s vision to prevent small problems from becoming big ones.
Peoria Schools Require Eye Exams
The Peoria Board of Education requires that, among other things, a child has proof of an eye exam before the first day of school. This applies to all children entering Kindergarten and any student, regardless of age, that is transferring to a Peoria school from homeschooling or a school outside of Illinois, whether it’s another state or country.
Glasses for children are increasing in number, due to a variety of factors. However, if you provide your child with the eye care that they need when they start school, you can provide them some keys to success. School can be difficult, it’s even harder when you can’t see properly.
Schedule an Eye Exam in Peoria
Dr. Myers and his staff at the Eye Care Center in Peoria care about you and your child’s vision. Schedule an eye appointment now, so that you have plenty of time before the school year starts to get the paperwork submitted and to make sure that any glasses or contacts are ready to go for the first day of school.
Contact us today to schedule your back-to-school eye exam for your student!