Back-to-school season is an ideal time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for your children. Why? Because it’s critical to ensure that they’re seeing their absolute best and that all aspects of their visual system are functioning well to help them learn during the school year.
The American Optometric Association recommends that school-aged kids—those 6 to 18 years old—receive a comprehensive eye exam before they start the first grade and annually each year afterward. Your child’s eyes change rapidly as they grow, and any interference with healthy development could result in a visual change that could impact their ability to learn.
While many such changes are easily corrected if identified, the longer they go uncorrected, the more your child could suffer from the consequences, and the more difficult the issue may be to correct. An annual eye exam helps to ensure that your child’s vision is an asset to—rather than a hindrance to—their ability to learn and develop life skills.
There are 17 visual skills that every individual relies on throughout our lives. That’s a lot of different skills! If any of these skills are not functioning properly or are unbalanced, the result can be problems at school, which can spill over into problems in various areas of life.
The 17 Critical Visual Skills We All Use Daily
A large variety of factors combine to form a well-functioning visual system that enables us to learn and develop. If you suspect that you or your child are having problems with any of the 17 skills of the visual system, make an appointment with your optometrist to discuss how best to address the issue so it has a minimal impact on your or your child’s life now and in the future.