The list of appointments and meetings that are necessary before the beginning of the school year is fairly extensive. You have always made sure that you took the kids in to the pediatrician to make sure that all of their shots are up to date. Beside the vaccinations, however, it is important to make sure that the older kids have their sports physicals completed. Lately, you have also added appointments at the optician’s office. The vision insurance that you have covers yearly visits to an optometrist, as well as the needed eye wear that is prescribed.
For yourself, the eye specialist never notices much of a change, for the children, however, the test results are often changing. The optician does a thorough job of checking the changing vision and makes sure that she offers the specialty features that your children need like UV protective coatings on their glasses that they wear to school.
School Year Appointments Are a Ritual for Many Families
Few things are as important for the beginning of the school year as making sure that your children can are able to see. From the back of the classroom to the front share in a room, it is important to get a vision check once a year. Consider some of these facts and figures about the importance of regular vision checks:
- Although it can progress until age 20, nearsightedness usually becomes apparent in children when they are between eight and 12 years old.
- Farsightedness affects 5% to 10% of Americana, according to the National Eye Institute.
- As many as 25% of U.S. children has a vision problem that could interfere with behavior and learning.
- 42% of Americans ages 12 to 54 are nearsighted.
- Full-time workers and Gen-Yers spend an average eight hours every weekday in front of a screen, according to a recent Live Well survey. This can result in dry, strained, and sore eyes.
- 64.3% of adults in the U.S. wore prescription eyeglasses in the year 2016.
Once the Fourth of July passes the rest of the summer just seems to fly, so if you do not already have the pediatrician’s and eye doctor’s appointments scheduled you better do so.