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Schedule a back-to-school eye exam
By J. Caroline Carroll
(NC)-Parents should put "eyesight evaluation" on their back-to-school checklist, health professionals say.
On-going research data indicates that approximately one in 20 preschool children, and one in four school-aged children, have eye problems that could cause vision loss if left untreated.
It is recommended that the first eye screening take place by six months of age, followed by an eye exam again at age three and once more at the start of school.
Your child is at higher risk in the aftermath of an eye injury, a serious physical illness or if your family has a history of eye problems. High-risk children and those who wear glasses should be examined annually. Low-risk children should have their eyes examined at least every two years while at school.
"Kids who have trouble seeing often have trouble with their school work," says Bijan Minbashian, vice president of operations for Hakim Optical, a recognized leader in retail eye care. "However, they don't always complain because they don't know the difference.
If your child has difficulty reading or is not performing well at school, poor eyesight could be the cause."
Parents with specific concerns are advised to start the exploratory process with their family eye doctor and to become as informed as possible. Hakim Optical, for example (hakimoptical.com) is an avid supporter of eye health research organizations like the Foundation Fighting Blindness (ffb.ca) and both are a sound source for better eye care.
Frames For Kids
Choosing a frame that your child likes goes a long way towards making them happy in their glasses.
"No matter whether the eyeglasses are elongated rectangular shapes, or plastic retro-styled ovals, or grown-up styles worn by favourite movie characters, letting your child be part of the selection process will encourage him or her to take care of them as well," Minbashian advised. "At back-to-school time, take advantage of the savings too, like our special '2 pairs for $98'- and for the most durability, choose unbreakable lenses with a guaranteed scratch resistant coating."