Norwood LASIK Eye Care Specialists: Are Your Child’s Eyes Back-to-School Ready?

The professionals at the Norwood LASIK Eye Care Specialists know that, for most parents, the anxiety of preparing their kids for another long and arduous school year can be downright maddening. In a barrage of back-to-school sales, enrollment, orientation seminars, and immunizations, you tend to overlook things; however, one thing you should never fail to address is the health of your child’s eyes. After all, vision plays a crucial role in the way your child learns and interacts with the world.


But what age should a parent consider a trip to the optometrist? Well, unless your child shows signs of problematic vision earlier, the Norwood LASIK Eye Care Specialists suggest that they have their first comprehensive eye exam at age three, and should continue once every two years. But eye health encompasses more than whether your child has 20/20 vision. Color vision and tracking can also be problems, and not ones commonly tested in visual screenings.


Though a parent should leave eye care to the professionals, there are many signs that may indicate that a child has possible vision problems, including:


Sitting too close to the blackboard or TV. Here’s an easy one to spot. If a child is having trouble seeing, one of the ways they compensate is by moving unnaturally close to the object they are having trouble seeing, which also include holding things nearer to their face.


Squinting and other physical signs of discomfort. Often, when children are having difficulty with their eyes, they squint, rub their eyes constantly, display a hypersensitivity when looking at light, and/or even tilt their heads when looking at things.


Having trouble when playing or other physical activities. If you notice that your child has unusual difficulty with hand-eye or body-eye coordination, such as in riding a bike or playing catch, they may have difficulty seeing.


Little to no attention or interest. If your child has low interest in things or is easily distractible, don’t assume that it could be eye problems. Attention deficit (ADHD) carries many of the same symptoms as vision problems. However, low interest in activities like reading, coloring and puzzles can stem from irritation or an actual inability to see what is going on.


To prepare your child for their first visit to the optometrist, set expectations beforehand to reassure them and ease their anxiety by:


• Making up or reading stories of different characters that go to the eye doctor.


• Enact possible tasks they might be asked to do, such as looking at pictures or reading an E chart.


• Describe some of the medications, such as eye drops, and how they are used, reassuring them that there are no needles involved.


• Explain that optometrists, like the Norwood LASIK Eye Care Specialists, are there to help them, and that there is no wrong answers to the questions they may ask.


To discuss the options, contact Norwood LASIK Eye Care Specialists today!