Crisp, clear vision for children is instrumental in their learning and development process. In fact, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA), it has been estimated that up to 80 percent of learning occurs through a child’s eyes.
Which is why it's important for kids to receive regular vision screenings. Children with uncorrected vision conditions may face unnecessary barriers at school and beyond that can be resolved by a visit to your eye doctor.
Eye Exams & Kids Vision
The AOA recommends that your child receive their first eye screening between the ages of 6 and 12 months. While vision development and eye health problems are not common at this age, these issues are much easier to correct if treatment begins early.
Your child’s first comprehensive eye exam should be scheduled around the age of three. And, after that, schedule an eye exam every year before school starts for your little one so that they may enter the classroom with learning-ready eyesight.
Kids Vision Warning Signs
Schedule a visit to your eye doctor if your child is experiencing one or more of these signs of eye and vision problems:
- Squinting while reading, doing close-up activities, or watching television
- Losing place when reading
- Avoiding reading and other close-up activities
- Frequent headaches
- Excessive blinking
- Constant eye rubbing
- Extreme light sensitivity
- Chronic redness or tearing of the eyes
- Tilting the head to one side while looking at something
Kids Sports Glasses & Eye Protection*
Kids’ participation in sports is on the rise today—as are the occurrence of sports-related eye injuries. According to a recent study, sports equipment (such as balls, bats, and rackets) was responsible for 20% of emergency room visits for kids aged 5 to 9 and 41% of visits for children aged 10 to 14.
Fortunately, 90% of eye injuries are preventable by wearing protective eyewear. Keep your kiddos safe and sound with kids sports glasses, which generally feature impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses and a full, wraparound design or goggle shape in plastic or polycarbonate with strategically placed padding.
It’s also important for all children to guard their eyes from damage caused by the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Outfit your child with sunglasses to protect their eyes outdoors—and even help improve sports performance, too.
*This specialty item is available at select locations only. Call your location to confirm availability