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Why Kids Need Eye Exams

What comes to mind when you think of a school nurse’s office?

We’re guessing your list probably includes vinyl recovery beds, jars full of wooden tongue depressors, and the big E eye chart. For over a century and a half, that big E chart (officially called the Snellen chart) has been an excellent diagnostic tool for identifying nearsightedness…but not much else. There are many other ways a child’s vision might not be working properly, which is why it’s so important for kids to get comprehensive eye exams with an optometrist!

The Link Between Vision and Learning

Being able to see clearly and perform visual tasks well is hugely important to a child’s education, social development, and even athletic performance. Up to 80% of learning is visual, with all those whiteboards and textbooks and writing assignments to look at, among many other things.

The Less Obvious Vision Problems

What does the Snellen eye chart miss? Basically any vision problem that isn’t nearsightedness. A comprehensive eye exam, on the other hand, will also test for farsightedness, astigmatism, color blindness, visual perception, hand-eye coordination, and important binocular vision skills like focusing, tracking, and teaming. Any of these problems can negatively impact learning if they go untreated.

When a Vision Problem Remains Undiagnosed

Unlike adults, children don’t have the vocabulary or understanding to recognize what “good eyesight” is supposed to be like. They only have their own experience to go off of, so if it hurts to focus on close-up work for long, they probably won’t know why. They might believe they’re not smart enough for school. They might, in fact, display a lot of the symptoms common in learning disorders, and without a comprehensive eye exam, there’s a good chance they’ll be misdiagnosed with one.

Recognize the Symptoms of Eye Problems

Some eye problems are easy to spot, such as an eye that points the wrong direction. Other symptoms are more subtle, including reading comprehension problems, difficulty completing schoolwork, a short attention span (particularly for close-up tasks), frequent headaches, a habit of covering one eye, frequent blinking and eye rubbing, and fidgeting.

Give Your Child a Good Start with an Eye Exam

Every child should have a comprehensive eye exam early in their schooling so that any eye problems can be caught and treated quickly. With the new school year starting, this is a great time to schedule an eye exam for your child. We can either rule out or identify any vision problems, even the less obvious ones, and determine the best steps to take next!

We look forward to seeing you and helping you see well!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
Important Insurance Changes

Dear patients, After much consideration, we are making a change with Vision Service Plan (VSP). As of October 1, 2021, Redmond Eye Doctors is moving from "in-network" to "out-of-network". The continuing changes in your VSP insurance and restriction placed on us as providers has been frustrating. We considered many options, and the choice was clear. Being independent of managed care plans will allow us to provide the level of care you have come to expect from Redmond Eye Doctors, without restrictions or limitations from your vision insurance. While we may not be "in network" with VSP, we want to take care of you! We offer many discounts to patients when payment is made on the date of service.

  • Discounts on routine vision exams that includes a comprehensive eye health check and glasses prescription.
  • Discounts on glasses made with quality, independently owned frame manufacturers and lens labs. 20% OFF your first pair, 30% OFF all additional pairs.
  • Seasonal specials - like our Annual SunSational Sale and Computer Blues Sale.

We are happy to provide all the forms and receipts to self-submit for out of network reimbursement. Also, vision plans have no effect on medical visits such as dry eye treatments, diabetes exams and glaucoma checks. We are still part of most major medical plans. For more information on how this will affect your specific situation, please call us at 425-885-7363.