According to the Vision Council of America, one in four school-aged children has a vision problem, and more than 80 percent of what a child learns in school is presented visually - good vision can make a big difference in their academic performance. Aaron Schubach, Vice President of Standard Optical, joined Troy in the studio today to talk all about children and eyewear. You may think your child is getting proper eye exams at school but, research shows that the simple vision screening, commonly used by a pediatrician or a school nurse, detects only 5 percent of all vision problems. Simple vision screenings can discover early signs of problems relating to distance vision, but often screenings miss other critical vision deficiencies that can impact eye health and a child's performance in the classroom.How Often Should a Child Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam?
According to the American Optometric Association, children should have an eye exam by no later than 6 months old, then again by age 3, and just before starting school. School-age children need an exam every two years after that if they have no visual problems. But if your child requires eyeglasses or contact lenses, schedule visits every 12 months.How to Get Kids Excited About Wearing Glasses:
- Let your child help pick out frames
- Make sure the frames fit comfortably
- Pick frames that work well with your child's lifestyle (i.e. sports)
- Have fun and make it a positive experience all around - from the eye exam to picking out the glasses