Get Your Eye Exams in Before School Starts

School is starting again, which is why it’s important to get the kids in for their annual eye exam. If their homework is on a tablet, don’t let all this technology ruin their year by getting bad eye strain!

According to Common Sense Media, “children under age 8 now spend more than two hours a day with screen media. For 8 to 10-year-old, the screen time triples to six hours a day.”

Risks Associated with Screen Time

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) causes visual stress. It’s a combination of symptoms, including fluctuating vision, tired eyes, dry eyes, headache, and fatigue.

Have you heard about blue light? High-energy visible light called blue light is from LED screens of computers, tablets, smartphones and other digital devices. This could increase a person’s risk of age-related eye diseases like macular degeneration later on.

What to Do

Have your kids follow the “20-20-20” rule — every 20 minutes, take your eyes off your screen and look at something that’s at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This simple task relaxes the focusing and eye alignment muscles.

Finally, schedule their comprehensive back to school eye exam. Your eye doctor can perform special tests and provide suggestions to reduce the risk and symptoms of computer eye strain.

You’ll want to take these measures into consideration so your child sees clearly and comfortably.

Eye Exams

First, the eye doctor will look over their chart and ask you about the family history.

Then, they’ll conduct tests to check for:

  • Vision – The doctor will check your child for nearsightedness and farsightedness. Explain to your child that they will look at an eye chart while the doctor measures their vision precisely.
  • Coordination of eye muscles – The doctor will move a light in a set pattern to test their ability to use both eyes together.
  • Side vision
  • Pupil response to light – The doctor will shine a light in their eye and watch the pupil’s reaction.
  • Eyelid health and function
  • The interior and back of the eye – After dilating their eyes (depending on the age of the child), the doctor will use a special instrument to see through to the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye
  • Measurement of fluid pressure – The doctor will release a puff of air onto their eyeball (again, depending on the age of the child). This tests the pressure inside the eyeball, an early indicator of Glaucoma and other diseases.

Contact your local optometrist if you have any questions. Let’s make this the best back to school year yet!