Healthy Eye Sight for Kids Critical To Ongoing Learning

Summer is over and children are heading back to school. While juggling all the back to school activities don't forget how important eye exams are for kids. “Since 80% of learning is dependent on vision, comprehensive eye examinations are very important and should be a part of the child’s back to school routine”, says Dr. Sandy T. Feldman of ClearView Eye & Laser Medical Center.

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Correcting a child’s vision not only improves their sight but 64% of the time, teachers notice an improvement in a student’s academic performance and/or behavior after their vision was treated. This also has a positive result on a child’s performance in any sport activities. What signs should a parent look for in a child who may have vision issues? Here are some important tips that might indicate

  1. A child may be squinting, closes one eye when in the sun, and/or the eyes are misaligned. This may indicate a lazy eye and may lead to permanently poor vision, if not treated.
  2. Parents listen to your children, especially if you are hearing them say they are having difficulty seeing the blackboard and/or smartboard at distance;, reading books or the computer close up. Children may be nearsighted, farsighted and/or have astigmatism, and their vision may change quite rapidly. Like adults, many children need prescription glasses.
  3. Exhibiting poor behavior in school could be due to frustration with not being able to see the assignments. This can lead to incomplete homework and performance below one’s potential.
  4. Difficulty with playing sports, such as baseball, tennis, archery to name a few, can also be caused by poor eye sight.
Dr. Feldman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. As a leader in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Sandy T. Feldman has participated in FDA clinical studies of custom LASIK. Currently, she is involved in studies of a new treatment to halt the progression of keratoconus, a disease n which the fitting of contact lenses can be challenging. In 2010, she was awarded the Silver Elite RealSelf Award, and in 2011, she was awarded Top Doc San Diego and was inducted into the prestigious American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons.

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