Now that the kids have started back at school or are enjoying the last few days of the summer holidays it's time to consider the importance of good vision in the classroom.
Whether your kids are starting their first day of primary school or are nervously anticipating their first year of important exams, their vision is crucial to performance in education.
Kids rarely realise that their is anything the matter with their vision, they simply assume that everyone sees the world in the same way as they do.
Joseph Lee, owner and optometrist at Stepaside Eyecare in Dublin 18, last year carried out vision screening in a number of South Dublin schools. He said “I found that in primary schools almost 30% of children had an undetected visual issue. This ranged from a mild prescription through to some kids who had no useful vision in one eye and required immediate treatment.”
Squint (a turning of the eye) is usually obvious to parents, teachers and health-care workers but there are other problems that may go unnoticed. A lazy eye, short-sightedness and long-sightedness are all common problems that if undetected can lead to blurry vision, headaches and poor concentration. An annual eye test will spot these issues and resolve them before they cause problems.
So now that everything else is done and the kids are back at school, remember that a simple eye exam helps to detect eyesight issues before they impact on a child's life.