Back to School: Help Your Child See What They're Missing
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Posted by: Katie Lewis
BACK TO SCHOOL: Help Your Child See What They’re Missing
SPRINGFIELD, IL – August 2016: Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life ... academically ... socially ... and athletically. While children entering kindergarten in Illinois must have their eyes examined before starting school, Dr. Brian Plattner, president of the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA) explains that “actually every child should be examined annually as part of their health maintenance program.” He adds that “early comprehensive eye exams are critical to helping children succeed in life and provide the best opportunity to correct vision problems.”
It has been estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through his or her eyes. Reading, writing, chalkboard work, and using computers are among the visual tasks students perform daily. A child's eyes are constantly in use in the classroom and at play. When his or her vision is not functioning properly, education and participation in sports can suffer. According to the American Optometric Association, the longer a vision problem goes undiagnosed and untreated, the more a child's brain learns to accommodate or mask potential vision problems.
Make sure your child has the best possible tools to learn successfully. Contact the Illinois Optometric Association at 217-525-8012 for a member doctor near you. Or go to our website at www.ioaweb.org to “Find A Doctor” near you.
MISSION: The Illinois Optometric Association exists to protect, promote, and advance the profession of Optometry by providing exemplary resources and support towards serving and enhancing quality patient care.