Eye Doctor in Austin
It’s that time of year again, when parents are compiling back-to-school checklists of school supplies, books, and uniforms.
But here’s one more important item to add to your list: back-to-school eye exams!
Why Are Eye Exams Crucial Before the New School Year?
Academic success goes hand in hand with great vision. After all, about 80% of classroom learning is visual. Whether your child is doing homework, reading from the whiteboard, or playing sports — clear vision is essential.
Some parents rely on school vision screenings to detect their child’s vision problems, but these are merely screenings and are generally insufficient to adequately assess a child’s visual capabilities. Only a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist can evaluate various visual skills like eye tracking, teaming, eye focusing and other crucial visual skills.
It’s also important to note that many children aren’t capable of verbally communicating the visual difficulties they may be experiencing. They may not even realize there is a problem.
Especially during the school years, children’s eyes grow and develop rapidly, and changes in vision can occur suddenly.
An eye exam before school starts will help ensure that your child is ready to succeed in the classroom.
Frames To Suit Each Child
The new school year is also a great time for children to get a confidence boost with a new pair of stylish glasses.
If a refractive error (nearsightedness or farsightedness) is detected, your child can choose a pair of glasses from the wide range of frames we offer. Beautiful frames will show off their style and make them feel good about themselves.
At Austin Eye Professionals, we carry the latest in children’s eyewear, some inspired by adult trends, and some with fun, imaginative bold colors and shapes. All of our children’s frames are durable, comfortable, and made with kid-friendly materials.
Our optometric team will ensure that your child’s glasses fit securely and comfortably, reducing the risk of dropping or breaking their new eyewear.
Our Optometrist Can Help
We know that some kids can be a little apprehensive about going to the eye doctor, which is why we use the most gentle approach during eye exams. Our goal is for each child to feel comfortable from the moment they walk in until the moment they leave.
Our friendly and warm staff has experience with children of different ages and visual needs, so you know your child is in good hands.
Get your child off to a smart start this year by calling Austin Eye Professionals in Austin to schedule their eye exam today!
Q: Can my child choose contact lenses if they don’t want glasses?
- A: Usually! Children as young as 8 can start wearing contact lenses, depending on several factors. If the parent and child both agree that the child is mature enough to wear and care for contact lenses, contacts can be a great option for vision correction. Speak with us to determine if contact lenses are right for your child.
Q: What happens during a pediatric eye exam?
- A: During your child’s eye exam, the optometrist will run a range of tests to assess basic visual acuity like near vision, far vision and astigmatism. Tests of visual skills may also be performed, which assess focusing, convergence, lazy eye and visual processing. The optometrist will also examine the physical health of the eye and ask about any relevant medical history or issues that could affect your child’s vision.