Eye Exams are Important Tests for Students

Ninety percent of school kids are not getting eye exams and it is affecting many of them in the classroom.

An eye exam is a simple test with very important results.

Many times, vision problems can be misdiagnosed as learning disabilities, like attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Kids who have trouble learning in class also tend to act out, which affects their work and their classmates'.

Optometrist, Dr. Leanne Liddicoat said, “They can either be inattentive, they might have problems if the teacher puts something up on the board; they'll have a problem copying it from the board onto the paper in terms of homework assignments.”

Dr. Liddicoat added, “They have nothing to compare their vision with so they really don't understand that the way they're seeing things is not the way that other children might be seeing things.”

So what are some signs of a vision problem you should look for in your children?

  • Do they turn their heads or squint when reading?

  • Do they rub their eyes a lot?

  • Do they avoid reading all together?

    There is some good news: most vision problems can be easily treated if found early.

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