It is estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through his or her eyes such as reading, writing, chalkboard work and using computers. Additionally, many sports require important visual skills such as clear distance vision, good depth perception, wide field of vision and effective hand-eye coordination. When a child's vision is not functioning properly, education and participation in sports can suffer. This can result in behaviors such as hyperactivity and distractibility, which are often mislabeled as "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" (ADHD).
"As a parent, I know the importance of preparing your children for school. Since vision may change frequently during the school years, a comprehensive eye exam is one of the most important first steps for back-to-school preparation. That is why we have customized our eye exams to the needs of students and our Optometrists are dedicated to ensuring kids feel comfortable and confident about the process," said Dr. Robert Samit, CEO, MyEyeDr.
According to MyEyeDr. the signs that may indicate a child has a vision problem include:
Consistent eye rubbing and blinking
Short attention span
Avoiding reading or visually close activities
Covering or closing one eye
Tilting head to focus
Holding reading materials too close to face
An eye turning in or out
Low reading retention
MyEyeDr. is currently offering a $69 special that features a kid's complete pair of prescription eyeglasses -- including single vision, impact-resistant polycarbonate safety lenses. (Select frames only, see office locations for more details.)
Founded in 2001, MyEyeDr. is a privately owned and operated company with more than 40 store locations in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. For more information about MyEyeDr., visit www.myeyedr.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.