Thursday, August 2, 2012

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month - Update


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By Terry Orr

“Eighty-six percent of kids start school without ever having had a professional eye examination. Eighty percent of learning is through vision, yet eye examinations are not mandatory before starting school”. (Source: American Optometric Association (AOA) 2009 report)

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The AOA recommends that babies have their first professional eye examination at or by 6 months, even if their vision seems normal. Parents and caregivers are advised to follow the "1-3-5 Rule" of professional eye examinations. By age 1, a child should have had his first eye exam by an optometrist. The second should occur at age 3, followed by a third exam around age 5, or before starting school.

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Makes sense folks!  We take our children to their pediatric and dentist doctors on a regular scheduled basis – taking them to the eye doctor should also be included as matter of normal routine. (I also recommend including a hearing doctor.)
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Those numbers listed above caused me to step back, read them once again and I am still shocked that parents are not taking their children for a professional eye exam before entering school. 

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Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of proper eye care for youths. When in doubt, the best thing you can do for your child is to get a comprehensive eye exam from an eye professional.  Take a few minutes, schedule that appointment for your kids!!

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