As much as we may have worked to make sure our kids are ready for back to school, there’s one thing some parents forget to check off their back to school list. Having your kids’ eyes checked is crucial to make sure they’re ready to read and to learn.
I took our son, Andres to have his eyes checked a couple of weeks ago. I was pretty sure there would be little change, if any, since he just had his vision checked last year. I was wrong. His vision changed quite a bit. Dr. Roberto Warman, Pediatric Ophthalmologist on the Medical Staff at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital explained a significant “growth spurt” is likely the reason for the considerable change in his vision. It’s for this reason that it’s important to have our children’s eyes checked regularly. It can make a big difference in your child’s performance at school.
Also important to keep in mind, if your child plays a sport, wearing protective eyewear, such as goggles can help prevent a serious eye injury. There are many different styles to choose from. And when it comes to choosing the right pair of glasses it’s important to give your child options and let them choose their favorite pair. They’re much more likely to wear them if they like the way they look.
If you’re considering having your child wear contact lenses Dr. Warman says the best advice is to make sure your child really, really wants to wear them. It’s a big commitment and your child has to be sure he or she is willing to make it work. Otherwise, it’s best to stick with eyeglasses until they’re ready.