Kentucky law requires that all children entering kindergarten or transferring from another state have an eye exam by an optometrist or medical doctor by January 1, following entrance into school. If you have a child entering school in August, call us now to beat the rush.
According to the Optometric Association, five to ten percent of pre-schoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. This can affect both learning and social skills. Playing in the backyard is not as much fun for children who cannot see friends and toys. Once your child starts school, a vision problem can impair her ability to learn. Children who cannot see print or the blackboard may become frustrated.
Vision screenings performed by a pediatrician or school nurse are designed to alert parents to the possibility of a vision problem and are not complete examinations. One study found that 11.3 percent of children who passed a vision screening were found to have a vision problem in need of correction. Common correctable vision problems found in young children include amblyopia (lazy eye) strabismus (crossed eyes) and focusing problems.
Our doctors see patients age three and older. Special tests have been developed to check the vision of children who do not know the alphabet. School-age children with no visual problems should have an eye exam every two to three years. If your child needs glasses or contact lenses, schedule a visit every 12 months. Because some vision problems can be corrected if caught while the child’s vision system is still developing, it is important to have those little eyes checked.