Back-to-school eye exams are important for school-aged kids

Back-to-school eye exams are important for school-aged kids

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - We're just a few weeks away from the start of another school year, so what better time to get your eye exam in?

Children's eyesight can drastically change as they get older.

"Sometimes, kids that are school-aged, they can grow quite a bit and with big growth spurts, their prescriptions can change quite a bit. So, the summer is the perfect time to bring them in and get them up to speed for the school year," said Optometrist Rebecca Kinder.

And it's not just how well you can see that doctors are checking. "If there are problems with the muscle balance between the two eyes, that can cause some issues with focusing and eye fatigue and strain," Kinder said, "We also check for prescription whether they're nearsighted or farsighted or astigmatism. Those things can cause issues as well."

Many schools provide vision screenings, but it's not a sufficient exam.

"A school vision screening does not replace the need for an eye exam by a physician. So, screenings are great for obvious vision problems, but there are a lot of things that are missed so that makes it very important that you see an eye doctor."

Dr. Kinder says if a child is complaining of headaches, seems uninterested in class, or is acting out, it may be because they can't see the board.

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