Every day is a chance for your child to experience life’s richest moments, big and small….his or her first day at school, a great ballgame or trip to the beach, graduation, and everyday life in between. Now imagine  your child experiencing those moments without clear vision.

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and as the summer wanes and the first day of school draws near, consider these three reasons why it is vital to remember the importance of a back-to-school eye exam:

More than 80% of everything we learn is a result of visual processing, and healthy eyes and vision are a critical part of a child’s needs through the years. Regular vision screening is an essential key to physical development, success in school, and general well-being.

65% of children nationwide have not had an eye exam in the last 12 months.  If needed, glasses should be at the top of your child’s back-to-school supply list to ensure his or her success in reading activities and overall learning, as well as safety and success in sports and extra-curricular activities.

20% of children entering kindergarten have undetected vision problems that could hinder learning abilities. Signs to watch for may include squinting, excessive blinking, rubbing of eyes, or frequent headaches. Other problems may also be present, such as amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), or astigmatism. Annual eye exams can help identify and treat these and other conditions so your child can maintain A+ vision.

Life is too good to squint through. Maximize your child’s learning potential with a back-to-school eye exam this month.

To find a doctor near you who specializes in children’s eye exams or for information on SMA’s affordable VSP® Vision Care plan to keep your family’s eyes healthy for a lifetime, click here or call SMA at 800-423-4992 Ext. 102. 

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