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A Pupil’s Prescription: Why an Up-to-Date Rx is Important

Prepare your child for classes by scheduling an eye exam.

Back to school season can be an exciting—and busy—time of year. Between shopping for new clothes and finding the right books and supplies, it can be easy to forget a few things.

But one thing you need to remember is to add your children’s eye exams to the top of your to-do list. Without a current prescription, your student could be missing one of the most important tools for learning—clear vision.

Read on to learn more about the important links between eyesight and education.

How prevalent are vision problems among school-aged kids?

According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, nearly 25% of school-aged children have vision problems—and these problems often go undiagnosed.

In fact, even though 61% of parents believe they would know if their son or daughter had vision problems, this is a mistaken sense of confidence. That’s because a parent can’t always tell when a child is experiencing vision problems. The signs can be easy to miss, or even undetectable, without a professional assessment.

The only way to be 100% certain of what kind of vision correction your child may need is through an eye exam with your optometrist. This can help you support your student with the proper eye care they need to succeed in the classroom.

What exactly is a prescription?

During an eye exam, a doctor uses a series of tools to determine what adjustments are needed to improve a patient’s sight. The doctor will evaluate exactly which modifications the patient needs to see as clearly and easily as possible and record them. The resulting combination of instructions is called a prescription, and it gives the optometrist the details he or she needs to create a customized pair of lenses for the patient. (To learn more about what prescription codes mean, read our blog here.)

Why are regular eye exams so important?

Like the rest of the body, a child’s sight can change over time. It can be tough to predict when or how this will happen. Their vision may get stronger or weaker, conditions such as astigmatism may improve or worsen, and new conditions may develop. That means you need to schedule regular visits to the eye doctor to ensure your child’s corrective lenses are current.

How does eye care support learning?

Over 80% of all learning during a child’s first 12 years is visual. And, in younger children, only 14% under 6 years of age receive professional eye care.

Undetected vision problems can ultimately lead to difficulties learning or frustration in school. By properly testing a young person’s eyesight with an optometrist and ensuring that they have the correct prescription—even if it means no prescription at all—vision problems can be addressed before they start to affect day-to-day life.

Back to school success

Make sure your child is ready for school by booking an eye exam before school starts. With an updated prescription, they’ll be able to hit the ground—and the books—running.

At FYidoctors, we’re committed to helping students reach their fullest potential, so schedule an appointment for your young learner today.