This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.
Since the boys head back to school after Labor Day, we are starting to think about the things we need to do to get ready to head back to the classroom. While some things probably come to mind right away, like shopping for school supplies, new clothing and getting haircuts, there are other things to add to that list– like having your child’s eyes checked before beginning school.
The Importance of Having Your Child’s Eyes Checked
By having your child’s eyes checked before starting school, it’s much easier to detect any changes and provide corrective measures if needed. Often times, conditions are more easily treated at a younger age. Catching any issues early will also prevent your child from struggling in school due to poor eyesight or other vision issues. Think About Your Eyes has a TON of helpful information and resources to help make sure that your child’s eyes are ready to head back to school!
For children, approximately 80% of everything they learn comes through their eyes; so it’s crucial to make sure that they are seeing well and have no vision challenges. Therefore, it’s pretty shocking that 86% of children do not receive a comprehensive eye exam during childhood. According to experts, 5% to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have eye problems!
Additionally, nearly 24% of parents wait for their child to have symptoms before taking them to an eye doctor. Many parents believe that eye doctor visits are only necessary for glasses or contacts. I found it really fascinating that an annual visit to the pediatrician and dentist are necessary, but only 40% of parents feel that an eye exam is a key part of a child’s healthy checkup schedule.
As a person who wears glasses, I understand the importance of being able to see clearly to read, drive and go about other activities in my daily life. It’s hard to imagine my children having the same challenges, but not even knowing there was something we could do to help! After learning about the above statistics, I am definitely going to make an annual eye exam part of their well visit schedule. To give you some perspective on what it’s like to be a child with vision challenges in the classroom, check out the video below:
If you notice that your child is struggling with reading, squinting to see things that aren’t tremendously far away or even having difficulty seeing the ball while playing sports, make sure you have their eyes checked! You can find a local eye doctor by clicking HERE.