The Importance of Scheduling Annual, Eye Exams
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The Importance of Scheduling Annual, Eye Exams

A few years ago, my dear maternal grandmother visited an optometrist. After thoroughly examining my grandmother’s eyes, this medical professional informed her that she had cataracts in both of them. Concerned, my grandmother immediately made an appointment with a surgeon. The two surgeries to remove the cataracts from my grandmother’s eyes were successful. Scheduling annual eye exams is crucial. During these appointments, your optometrist will check for potentially harmful conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most important reasons you should visit your eye doctor every year. Enjoy!


The Importance of Scheduling Annual, Eye Exams

Vision Problems To Watch Out For With Your Child

Stella Harvey

More and more children are needing eyeglasses, and finding the problem sooner rather than later can prevent things like falling behind in school, or worse. Sometimes it can be difficult to notice if your child has vision problems. If they've always had vision problems, they don't know any different. It's their normal. Keeping an eye out for problems with your child's vision is important. Read on for a few vision concerns to watch out for in your child.


Headaches are more common as you age, but if your child is suddenly complaining of headaches, it is a cause for concern. Headaches may occur due to eye strain from trying to see in school or just seeing throughout the day. Keep an eye on your child to see if the headaches persist and take your child to the ophthalmology clinic for an eye exam. Your child may be in need of eyeglasses to prevent eye strain.

Poor Grades

If your child is starting to get poor grades, or you notice a drop in interest in school, it may actually be a problem with your child's vision. If your child has always had poor vision, you may think your child is a slow learner or even think your child has a learning disability, when in fact, it may be poor vision. Have your child's eyes checked to rule out a vision problem to be sure your child is given the best chance in school.


Squinting all the time is another issue your child may be experiencing. This squinting can cause eye strain, which can worsen vision, lead to headaches and other aches and pains as well. If you notice your child squinting, sitting closer to the television or leaning in closer to their books to read, it may be due to vision problems. Have your child's eyes checked.

You should have your child's eyes tested prior to starting school. If you notice any of the above problems, you should have your child's eyes tested even earlier. Talk to your child's optometrist or their physician about other vision problems you should keep an eye out for. It can sometimes be difficult to spot vision problems when your child has always had them. They don't understand what blurry vision is.

Keep an eye out and even talk to your child's teacher to see if there have been any noticeable issues in school, such as squinting, or a difference in school work. If you are in any doubt, have your child's vision tested.