It’s finally back-to-school season and aside from shopping for clothes, getting school supplies, and protecting your kids from COVID, you still have one important issue to address: vision. Whether you’re a parent, student, or teacher, vision is integral to your success for the upcoming school years. So, if your vision is looking a little blurry or your prescription isn’t quite as crisp as it once was, a trip to the eye doctor is integral. Find out why you should go and what you can do to amend your vision problems.
Student Vision Problems
According to some studies, up to 1 in 10 children’s vision is the cause of learning deficiencies at the grade school and high school level. The reasoning behind this includes:
- The inability to recognize learned materials on tests and exams due to poor vision
- Functional problems focusing the eye and farsightedness, which can impair reading
- Nearsightedness, which reduces the ability to read material on a chalkboard
Children suffering from any of these problems may cause significant barriers to learning and their grades may drop as a result.
The problem is further exhibited in sports, as children can’t pick up the spin of a baseball or see the basketball hoop well enough to make an accurate shot. As a parent, if you notice substantial, simultaneous drop-offs in the learning and athletic abilities of your child, it could be a telltale sign that they’re enduring vision problems.
Teacher Vision Problems
Students aren’t the only people who can suffer from vision problems that impair their performance in the classroom. Teachers are also susceptible to vision changes that can lessen their ability to teach and discipline. When a teacher has poor vision, they can’t see what’s going on in the classroom, which may cause them to accidentally ignore a child’s behavior or even vision problems in children that are affecting their learning potential.
Before School Vision Assessment
Just as with sports physicals, wellness exams, and general checkups, both students and teachers need eye exams to assess their vision before school starts or at the beginning of the year. Failure to do so can have long-lasting effects that can plague their performance for the entire school year.
While many school districts offer some type of vision assessment to their students, a private eye exam is often the most direct approach to identifying and overcoming vision issues. Therefore, parents and teachers may want to schedule private eye exams as part of their back-to-school checklist. By doing so, they can eliminate some of the issues associated with poor vision and get a fresh start to the school year.
LASIK for Better Vision in School
If you’ve found that your vision is slowly waning, back-to-school season is the ideal time to consider LASIK. By undergoing LASIK before school starts or at the beginning of the year, you’ll be ready to study, teach, or play sports without the hindrances of eyeglasses or contacts. And with healing only taking one to two days, you’re ready to tackle the year with 20/20 vision. With LASIK, the back-to-school season has never looked so good.
Dr. Alexandra Chebil has been treating patients for multiple decades. She has performed over 70,000 Lasik procedures in her private practice. If you’re a college student or teacher looking to trade glasses or contact lenses for better than 20/20 vision. Give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Alexandra Chebil in Orange County.