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Can an Annual Eye Exam Change Your Child’s Life? Yes It Can

If you believe school vision screenings adequately evaluate your child’s
vision, please read on. “While school vision screenings are important,
they do not take the place of a full eye exam, because they only detect
distance vision issues,” says Key-Whitman Eye Center’s
Dallas optometrist Amanda Hoelscher.

To learn about our $99 Back-to-School Eye Exam Special, contact our office
at (214) 220.3937.

Dr. Hoelscher explains how missing annual eye exams may hinder a child’s
success in school.

During a comprehensive eye exam, optometrists like Dr. Hoelscher evaluate
more than distance vision. As she explains, “A school vision screening
doesn’t touch on all of a student’s visual demands. Limiting
vision tests to reading letters on an eye chart will not detect vision
problems related to near vision, muscle imbalance and other eye diseases
and conditions.”

Check out this past story to learn why teens and young adults are losing vision at an alarming rate.

Experts agree: A large number of children fail reading tests and have trouble
learning due to vision problems

According to the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness, “Vision problems affect more than one in 20
preschoolers and one-quarter of school-aged children.” The organization
also warns that eye-related conditions can lead to developmental delays,
learning issues and vision loss.

Even more compelling,
a study by the Mississippi Optometric Association revealed that 88 percent of third graders who failed a state-administered
reading test needed some form of visual intervention.

“If every child entering first grade had a complete eye exam, and
we had an opportunity to intervene early, just think of where that 88
percent would be. I believe we’d be looking at dramatically different
statistics,” says Dr. Hoelscher.

She also advises parents to schedule eye exams for their children as soon
as a child has a grasp of the alphabet and annually thereafter.

“Some children end up doubling their efforts to learn how to read
if they’re struggling to see clearly and keep words in focus. By
diagnosing vision problems early, we can treat children so they have the
best opportunity to learn and excel academically,” Dr. Hoelscher says.

Dr. Hoelscher discusses frequent vision changes in school-aged children
and the importance of annual eye exams.

Three
signs that your school-aged child may have vision problems

While it may be difficult for parents to monitor their kids during the
school day, they can look for clues of vision problems by reading books
together at home. According to Dr. Hoelscher, common signs a child may
have vision issues include:

  1. Skipping lines when they are learning to read.
  2. Occasionally losing their place in a book while trying to read.
  3. Complaining of blurry or double vision during a reading session.

Parents of very young children should also watch out for signs of vision
problems, such as eye irritation, constant eye turning, light sensitivity,
excessive tearing and the appearance of a white pupil.

Dr. Hoelscher encourages parents to act immediately if they have any concerns
about their children’s eye health. “Pediatric ophthalmologists
can assess vision even earlier than school age, without any input from
children,” says Dr. Hoelscher.

Vision can change frequently during the school years, so annual eye exams
are a must

A child at age 6 can present with very different vision than at age 8,
and many students in high school are still dealing with vision that hasn’t
stabilized. The only way to ensure your child kicks off each school year
with optimum vision is to schedule an
annual eye exam.

According to Dr. Hoelscher, “A child’s ability to learn shouldn’t
be hampered by dramatic vision changes that could be detected during a
comprehensive eye exam. By seeing your child annually, we have a much
better ability to make recommendations for glasses, contact lenses or
vision therapy – whatever that child requires to see better and
succeed in school.”

Dry eye symptoms can also interfere with schoolwork. Dr. Hoelscher explains why dry eye symptoms in teens are way up
in this past post.

Take advantage of our $99 Back-to-School Eye Exam Special + 25% off of
prescription eye glasses!

Dr. Hoelscher loves treating family members of all ages at her North Dallas
office – especially kids! Plus now is a great time to bring you
child in for an eye exam at Key-Whitman.

From now until September 29, 2017, children’s eye exams are available
for a reduced cost of $99, with prescription eyeglasses discounted 25
percent. Eligible students must be under the age of 18 and offer cannot
be used in combination with insurance or vision plans.

To schedule a children’s annual eye exam with Dr. Hoelscher in North
Dallas or with an eye doctor at our Dallas or Mesquite full-service family
eye care locations, contact our office at (214) 220.3937 or
set up an appointment online.

ABOUT DR. HOELSCHER:

Amanda Hoelscher, O.D., performs comprehensive dilated eye examinations
for diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and is extensively trained
in preoperative and postoperative management of cataract and refractive
surgery. A graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry,
she also served as a co-investigator for the FDA in LASIK. Dr. Hoelscher
sees patients at Key-Whitman’s North Dallas office, a practice dedicated
to multi-generational family eye care. In her free time, she enjoys traveling
and spending time with her two children.

Photo Source: Adobe Stock

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