Labor Day / Back-to-School
Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894. Set to be on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is a well-deserved honor for the wonderful contributions and achievements of American workers. It allows for various forms of celebration, and sadly, is the unofficial end of summer and start of the school year.
With the school year brings the routine of back-to-school shopping and preparations. Purchasing the coolest back pack or choosing the most applicable notebook is important. However, since it is reported that 80 percent of student learning comes from information presented visually, good vision is essential for students of all ages to reach their full academic potential. So part of that preparation should be a thorough eye examination for all students as well as the entire family.
What is the doctor looking for during a thorough and quality eye examination? First, that the eye is healthy throughout which includes a dilated (the famous drops!) examination. Also, a refraction is done. Refraction in eye care means the action of determining the spectacle powers to get the patient the best possible visual acuity.
The refraction determines if a person has myopia (nearsightedness) which is a vision problem where one cannot see well far away, or hyperopia (farsightedness). The problem where a student or adult struggles more with close vision. A common myth with hyperopia is that distance vision is not effected. Higher levels of hyperopia can also have a negative impact on distance vision.
In addition to myopia or hyperopia, a person may also have astigmatism. Astigmatism usually results from the front of the eye being not perfectly round, causing light rays to disperse and could lead to vision issues at both distance and near depending on the level of involvement. Also during the exam, the doctor will assess how the eyes function together.
While it’s important to understand what is done during the exam, the most important part is getting the examination done.
Not all vision problems are observable by parents; however, there are some very common signs and symptoms that indicate your child needs an exam. Parents may notice their child squints, tilts their head, closes or covers one eye, holds reading material very close to face, sits close to the TV or computer monitor, loses place while reading, and might complain of headaches or eye pain/discomfort. Obviously, this list could go on and the same issues could also of course happen to adults. The point is not to ever ignore eye complaints or symptoms.
Labor Day brings the excitement of honoring our work force. It also allows for the wonderful opportunity for students of all ages to begin their next journey to learn and grow intellectually. Make sure that growth is not hampered by less than acceptable vision. Call New Era Eye Care today for a thorough and quality eye examination.