Monday, August 17, 2015

School Eye Exams for Birmingham Kids

For the kids in Birmingham heading back to school, having a current eye exam is an important part of back to school readiness that parents should include in their “Back to School Checklist”. Children use their eyes and vision as critical tools in their learning process which is visually demanding given the intensity of reading, writing and computer use in school. Further, good vision and eye health are important for playing sports and computer games on tablets after school! What parents need to know is that it is not uncommon for childrens’ vision to change during their school years and development. Regular eye exams can detect these changes or any eye problems that might hinder their academic performance, ability to enjoy recreation and really their overall well being. The most frequent eye problems we find in school age kids are the common vision problems of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. 

Sometimes, not having clear vision in the classroom can even lead to the undeserved perception of a behavioral problem or attention problem. What we know is that kids are often unable to verbalize that they have a vision problem as they just don’t recognize it. That is why your child should have a complete eye exam at least once every two years or more frequently if specific problems or risk factors exist, or if recommended by your eye doctor. The earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful.

If you or someone you know would like to schedule a children’s exam for children at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham please do so by calling 205-930-0930, visiting Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, Google+ or

Alabama Eye & Cataract Center is a leading eye care centers in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205.