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Did you know that August is Eye Exam Awareness Month? With kiddos heading back to school and the craziness of summer coming to a close, this is the perfect time for you to “Think About Your Eyes” and prioritize you and your children's eye health. Many schools ask for a physical, but with 80% of what children learn coming through their eyes, taking your children to the eye doctor for a comprehensive exam is just as important to their success in this upcoming school year.
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You may remember a few years ago when I told the story of Midge failing an eye exam at her preschool. The thing that still stands out about that entire experience for me is that I had NO IDEA she was struggling to see! She had never once complained of a headache or things being blurry or anything! I realized that she did not know what “normal” vision was at that age to tell me that there was a problem. It isn't like my eyes where I have noticed I am struggling more to see fine print! Sadly 24% of parents wait until their children begin to complain – when they may, in fact, have been struggling for years. One in four children have a vision related problem that can interfere with their learning, and by getting an annual comprehensive eye exam, children’s eye problems can be detected at their early stages when they're most treatable and before it poses a challenge for them in school.
ThinkAboutYourEyes.com is helping parents learn more about eye and vision health and even offers a professional locator so you can find a doctor near you for your child's needs. We discovered with Midge that not every eye care center has a doctor who specializes in pediatric eye care. I wish I had known about ThinkAboutYourEyes back then!
As parents we want our children to grow up to be the healthiest, happiest, smartest versions of themselves we can possibly be. By making sure your child has healthy eyesight, you can help give him or her the best chance of success this upcoming school year and beyond.