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The Importance of Eye Exams for Kids

“This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.”

Little boy in glasses

One of the hardest things that I have faced as a parent is having a child with a learning disability. School has never been easy for my younger son, and we have done everything in our power to get him as much help as possible, but nothing has seemed to help.

Tyler in Glasses

He has been wearing glasses since the age of two because of a lazy eye. The opthamologist that has been treating him over the years was using glasses to help correct the issue. It wasn’t until taking him to a cornea specialist to be screened for a genetic eye disease that my husband and his father suffers from that we learned that he has much more than a lazy eye.

The specialist was able to detect that he had Strabismus horizontal, vertical, and diagonally – one of the most severe cases he has seen. Plus, he wasn’t seeing 3D and was seeing double vision. So, he referred us to a pediatric specialist who would be able to confirm the diagnosis, and help us with treatment (surgery).

Our son getting ready to have eye surgery

Our son getting ready to have eye surgery

What we never realized was that our son has never had clear vision, and to him it was ‘normal.’ The daily headaches he was suffering from was due to his eyes being so tired from one eye trying to overcompensate the other eye that wasn’t tracking properly, and the tracking issues could be what has been causing him to have reading issues.

Tyler at the eye doctor

Had we not been taking my son for regular eye exams, and then had him screened by a specialist, we never would have known that his eye issue could have been causing him to have difficulty reading. It has been almost a month since his surgery, and we have already seen his headaches disappear, and can’t wait for him to start school to see if he begins to thrive in a school environment.

With it being Eye Exam Awareness Month, I cannot encourage parents enough to take their children for regular eye exams. Approximately 80% of everything children learn comes through their eyes, yet 86% of children do not receive a comprehensive eye exam during that period. Experts say 5% to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have eye problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problems is crucial as, if untreated, can cause permanent vision loss!

Eye exam awareness month

When making your kids back-to-school doctor and dentist appointments, make an appointment for them to also have their eyes examined – especially if they are suffering from any type of learning disability. Find your closest eye doctor online.

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