Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month—Make Back-to-School Easier with an Eye Exam

As kids head back to school, it’s the perfect time to schedule their annual eye exam.

 

August is National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, a perfect reminder to schedule your family’s comprehensive eye exams as your kids are heading back to school or virtual learning. Good vision and overall eye health are vital to learning. According to the American Public Health Association, one in four children has an undiagnosed vision problem that can interfere with learning. Fortunately, many common vision problems can be corrected, especially when caught in early childhood through routine eye exams. Even subtle vision issues that cause difficulty reading or general trouble seeing clearly can be caught in a comprehensive eye exam, along with detecting potential eye conditions and diseases that can be better treated if caught early. 

How often does a child need an eye exam? 
Comprehensive eye exams for children are important because vision changes can occur without you or your child noticing. The American Optometric Association suggests that children should have their first eye exam when they are six-months old and their next exam at three years old, when their vision undergoes its most rapid development and vision correction is most effective. After their exam at three years old, children should get another exam right before starting school and then yearly thereafter. 

Here are some signs of potential eye issues you can look for:
· Squinting to focus on objects
· Frequently rubbing eyes
· Tilting or turning head to look at objects
· Wandering eyes
· Covering one eye
· Holding reading materials close to the face
· Disinterest in reading or looking at objects from a distance 

Ready to schedule your child’s annual eye exam?
Now is the perfect time to make a comprehensive eye exam appointment with your local VSP network doctor before the back-to-school rush. Plus, you can get additional member savings and bonus offers when you visit a doctor who participates in the VSP Premier Program.

See Well. Be Well.® Make your child’s eye health and eye care a priority by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam before the back-to-school rush. If you haven’t already, take advantage of your COSE member benefit and opt-in to VSP vision insurance. Contact your COSE sales representative or broker for more info.

Information received through VSP Vision Care channels is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, medical recommendations, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your eye doctor, physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

 
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