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Seeing Through the Eyes of a Child

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Don't stick your tongue out at comprehensive eye care any more. Here's why...

Think all children have healthy eyes and good vision? 

Think again. 1 in 4 have a vision problem that can cause problems in learning and behavior.

It’s easy to understand why. Because nearly half of all American children haven’t had a real, comprehensive eye exam. Many need glasses, and don’t even know it! And, because 80% of everything kids learn comes through their eyes, they’re at a severe disadvantage in school and other activities when they can’t see well.

Vision Problems Can Spell Other Problems for Kids

Too often, a child who can’t see well is misdiagnosed with a totally unrelated behavioral problem like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). This misdiagnosis can then start a frustrating chain of events for parents and kids alike, from unnecessary doctors visits and special classes to medications. When, in reality, the true solution might be right before their eyes: glasses.

School Vision Screenings Don’t Make the Grade!

If you’re like many parents, you trust the vision screenings given at your child’s school to be all they need for seeing their best.


These simple eye checks can detect some basic problems, but not all. To do their very best in school, and in life, your child needs a quality, comprehensive eye exam, not a screening.

When it comes to your child’s health, eye exams often get overlooked. One in four children have difficulty seeing in school, affecting their ability to learn.

During a visit to The EyeCare Center for a comprehensive eye exam, we will look at things a school vision screening will not, such as the overall health of the eyes, how the eyes work together, eye alignment, and whether your child’s eyes are focusing correctly.

This in-depth look will also examine depth perception, color and peripheral vision, near and distance vision. Children’s eyes are responsible for 80 percent of their total learning, making it vital to ensure the eyes are healthy with an ANNUAL exam.

How Can I See a Vision Problem in My Child?

When you know what you’re looking for, it can be relatively easy to spot a problem with your child’s vision. Keep an eye out for these symptoms or behaviors:

Avoiding or not liking reading
Short attention span
Difficulty throwing or catching a ball, copying from a chalkboard or tying their shoes
Pulling a book in close to their face, or sitting too close to a TV
Lots of blinking or eye rubbing
Guiding their eyes with a finger or pencil while reading (teachers please do not teach this habit, the eyes should be able to achieve this independently)
Falling performance in school
Remember, your child can’t explain that they have a vision problem – they have no understanding of what it means to see properly!
So don’t leave their eye health up to them; make sure they get a comprehensive eye exam!

Get Their Eye Exam on the Calendar!

It’s recommended that kids have a comprehensive eye exam annually starting at age 1. Start early! Our See To Learn Program insures all of their annual visits from age birth to 5 are at no cost to the parents! Why so soon? Developmental milestones between the brain and the eyes happen almost exclusively before age 5. Early detection and intervention, say it 5 times, we cannot stress this enough.

Make sure your child does her/his very best in school – and in life – schedule their exam with Drs. Thompson and Olson at one of our 3 locations to better serve you! 785-738-3816.

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