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Posted on 08-30-2017

Back to School Vision Testing from Our Eye Doctors in Greenville, NC

Even if you don't need prescription eye glasses, an annual eye exam is always a must.  Kids of any age are avid learners and cannot be expected to do their best without excellent eyesight.  Sharp vision helps children become more interested in and involved with learning and helps them to get the most out of their school experience in general.

Kids excited to go back to school with new glasses.

Beyond academics, proper eye care also helps kids see well on the sports field so they can pursue their passions safely, get proper exercise, and experience teamwork.  Our Greenville eye doctors, along with all optometrists in the nation, recommend an annual eye exam for everyone -- and back-to-school time is a natural occasion for an eye exam reminder. 

Back to School Vision Screenings and Eye Testing

School children (and even many adults) are often unaware they have a vision problem early on—that’s why an annual exam is necessary for everyone.  An annual eye examination allows your optometrist to catch any eye health or vision problems early.  This is when vision problems are easiest to treat and treatments are most successful.  Your optometrist is there to make sure you always have the best possible vision.

If your child receives a vision screening at school or at the pediatrician’s office, this does not replace a visit to the optometrist.  Often during a screening, the child simply reads from a chart - no eye health check is performed.  Our eye examinations are comprehensive and involve more than a traditional eye chart (or visual acuity) testing.  Our eye doctors check for all kinds of eye health and vision problems.  We conduct tests for depth perception, color blindness, and eye tracking (ocular motility or the ability to appropriately follow an object with the eyes), eye alignment (teaming), and more.  

Annual vision exams often discover the following issues:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Strabismus (misaligned eyes)
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • And more

Signs of Poor Vision in Children

If you notice these symptoms, your child may have undiagnosed vision problems and may need vision correction:

  • Problems with reading
  • Trouble finishing homework or working very slowly
  • Difficulty concentrating on up-close tasks or reading
  • Rubbing the eyes often
  • Blinking frequently
  • Habit of covering one eye

Are Tablets and Cell Phones Safe for Kids?

Children, millennials, and everyone who uses a digital device, computer, tablet, or smartphone may benefit from our selection of EyeZen lens options.  These lenses are specially made to block harmful blue light from your devices and help reduce eyestrain that frequently occurs with screen time. 

Our eye doctors also offer other specialized lenses, including prescription sunglasses.  We may also recommend special frames for children involved in sports activities, like prescription swim goggles.  Contact lenses are also an option for many people.

Make a Back-to School Eye Exam Appointment with Our Eye Doctors in Greenville, NC

Your optometrist in Greenville is ready to help with a back-to-school eye exam and prescription eye glasses (if you need them). We offer eye care and eyewear for the whole family, so schedule an exam for you, too - Contact us at 252-752-4380!

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