Back To School
August 03, 2016
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Back to School Eye Exam

Summer in Chicago always goes by so fast and the start of the new school year is upon us quickly.  There are many things on our checklist when preparing for the kids to go back to school, but one thing that is often overlooked is an eye exam.  Kids of all ages can have vision problems that lead to poor performance in school. 

We find that kids don’t complain or don’t know that they are having a problem that is related to their vision.  It could be that their vision is blurry or uncomfortable and they need glasses.  But, many times, it is not that simple.  We also evaluate the binocular vision system.  Poor binocular coordination (Convergence Insufficiency, Divergence Insufficiency, and Ocular Motor Dysfunction) can lead to headaches, eyestrain, skipping words/lines when reading or poor attention when reading.  These symptoms are sometimes misdiagnosed as a learning disorder, poor reading skills or ADHD and if the child had and eye exam they would have been back on track quickly.

In our pediatric clinic at Chicagoland Eye Consultants, we recommend that all kids are seen for an eye exam by 3-4 years of age.  The State of Illinois requires that kids have a comprehensive eye exam before entering Kindergarten.  Then, beyond that, it is a good idea to have your kids seen each year before school starts.

Make sure your kid’s eyes are ready to start the school year and call us today for a back to school eye exam.


Darin L. Strako, OD