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When Should Children Have Eye Exams? (Sponsored)

Apr 15, 2018 12:10PM ● By Donna Hawley

Pearle Vision Maple Grove

The following post was written, provided, and sponsored by Maple Grove Eye Doctors at Pearle Vision / Maple Grove Pearle Vision 

If you have a child or grandchild that is five-years-old or older, they should have had their first eye exam by now, as part of their wellness regime – the dentist, the eye doctor, and the pediatrician. The eye exam at an early age serves as a baseline for vision wellness.

The vision screening at the pediatricians’ office or at school only tests distance vision – not the health of the eye, and not eye muscle function, near vision, nor depth perception — all the things that can affect a child’s ability to learn. Roughly 80 percent of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually.

Everywhere a child’s eyes look they’re seeing something for the first time. It’s up to you to make sure they are seeing everything as clearly and vividly as possible.  Experts say 5 percent to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problem is crucial because, if left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss. 

Just because a parent doesn’t wear glasses it is not an indication that a child will not. Children are spending more time on digital devices with exposure to blue light that affects vision.

Click here at Maple Grove Eye Doctors at Pearle Vision to read more about what to watch out for and when your children should their vision checked. 

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