Get Ready for Back to School with an Eye Exam August 24, 2018 We all have our back-to-school shopping lists: School supplies New shoes New Clothes Something very important is missing from the list: making appointments for comprehensive eye exams for your children! Just as their bodies are rapidly growing, children’s eyes are changing as well. Children don’t understand the difference between “SEEING” and “ VISION”, and the screening they received at their pre school check up was NOT an eye exam. Making comprehensive eye exams a part of your back-to-school tradition guarantees that your children’s eyes are examined at least once every year. If your child is struggling to read or pay attention, it may be a problem with their vision. Some examples: Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common condition in children which often develops around the age of 6 or 7 and can cause blurred vision. Myopia can worsen rapidly between the ages of 11 and 13, which means that a glass prescription can change quickly as well. Some children may have good distance vision but may struggle when reading up close. This is known as hyperopia or farsightedness. For some eye conditions, vision can be permanently affected if the problem is not corrected. NL is the only province that does not have a vision program for children, and the NLAO has been advocating for the government to change this, and we still don’t have a solution after many years. Make an eye exam part of your back to school routine.