While you’re figuring out your family’s travel plans for the summer, don’t forget about squeezing in all those doctor visits before the kids go back to school. Trying to keep up with all of your kids’ doctors’ appointments can be overwhelming, but a trip to the optometrist is one you won’t want them to miss.
After birth and during puberty is when our eyes change the most. Babies should be taken to the optometrist for their first eye exam as early as 6 months old. If no vision problems are detected, they should get another eye exam at 3 years old. However, we know that may not be realistic for most parents. Many schools offer yearly vision screenings, so the first time a kid may have their eyes checked is around age 5 or 6 when starting kindergarten. The school nurse will follow up if your child needs to be further examined at an optometrist. Starting around age 10, kids should be carefully monitored since not only are their bodies having a growth spurt but their eyes as well.
Babies don’t know how they’re supposed to see and can’t tell you if something’s wrong, so slight vision problems could go untreated for longer than necessary. Keeping up with regular pediatrician visits is the best first line of defense. If the doctor notices anything out of the ordinary, they can refer you to a pediatric optometrist.
Your child usually won’t outright tell you that they are having vision problems, but there are some noticeable signs. These signs include squinting, frequent eye rubbing, sitting too close to the TV, holding reading materials too close, sensitivity to light, and frequent headaches.
When back-to-school shopping, the list of supplies to buy can seem endless. However, it’s one of the best times to purchase glasses. There are plenty of back-to-school sales available to save on kids’ glasses. Some online retailers also offer student discounts that can be used all year round. Aside from sales, you should review the site’s return policy as well since kids can be hard on their glasses. Our 365-Day Kid-Proof Warranty offers free returns and replacement frames for up to a year allowing you to shop worry free.
Kids learn through their eyes, so seeing clearly in the classroom is a must. Taking care of your child’s eye health will give you one less thing to worry about once the school year starts. DiscountGlasses.com has kids’ eyewear collections that consist of styles for the whole family. From newborns to adults, we have glasses for every age!
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A graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Amanda works hard at balancing her passion for writing and marketing. She is a Pittsburgh native that just recently moved to Columbus and enjoys doing just about anything outdoors from going on hikes to taking her dog for walks around the city.