What’s the Most Important School Supply?
A Healthy Pair of Eyes!
Make sure your child’s vision is “school-ready”:
- With early vision screening by age 30 months or before the age of three as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- A full eye exam by an optometrist as recommended by your children’s physician.
- A complete well-child check-up with vision, hearing and dental exams as well as other developmental checks that are recommended for your child’s age.
ECC is a proud participant in Infant See, the national initiative of helping infants to establish a lifetime of healthy vision.
What you can do to protect your child’s vision:
Below we have included a few warning signs for you, the parent, to be aware of. If you notice any of these things, please have your child be seen by an eye doctor immediately.
- Do they consistently turn their head to one side when picking something up?
- Do they seem startled if you approach from one side vs. the other?
- Do they seem to consistently miss seeing something of interest?
- Were there any complications during or immediately after birth?
- Do their pupils look the same?
- Do they have a family history of lazy eye?
- Do they sit close to the TV because they say they cannot see it?
- Do they complain of headaches?
- Do they tilt their head to one shoulder or to one side consistently when watching TV or reading?
- Do they have a shorter attention span than usual when doing near tasks?
- Were they slower than expected in hitting their milestones?
Elementary & Jr. High
- Do they have attention issues?
- Do they complain of consistent headaches?
- Do they complain of double vision or blurred vision at distance or near?
- Do they have trouble seeing the board?
- Have their reading comprehension scores started to drop?
- Do they lose their place on the page or use their fingers to keep track of where they are on the page (after 2nd grade)?
Recommended eye exams:
A comprehensive eye exam is recommended at the following ages:
- By 12 months (Free of charge as part of Federal Infant See Program)
- Age 2
- Third Grade
- Sixth Grade
- High School Freshman or before driving
- College Freshman or Equivalent
Why is it important for you to provide your children with eye care?
80% of what we learn in life is through our visual system YET:
- Less than 15% of all preschoolers receive eye examinations.
- Less than 22% of all preschoolers have an adequate vision screen.
- There are no uniform criteria for screening failure across the country, state, county or school district.
- 25% of 10 year olds have vision problems that affect their learning ability.
Should your child end up needing glasses, we offer affordable “kid’s packages” that include all of the add-ons a kid will need when it comes to their glasses. Ask about this deal at your child’s next vision exam.