How Eye Examinations can help your Child’s Education

Ensure you Schedule your Child’s Eye Examination before the Start of Term

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Children learn better with 20/20 vision. Ensure you schedule an eye examination for your child every year

With the start of a new school term only weeks away, now is the time to schedule your child’s eye examination.  It is not just about ensuring your child can see with 20/20 vision, but research has shown poor eyesight results in children struggling at school.

It is important to realise that 80% of what a child learns up to twelve is done visually.  As such, poorer eyesight impedes learning.

Even if your child says they can see fine, there are symptoms to watch out for.  If your child exhibits this behaviour constantly, schedule an eye exam as a priority:

  • Loses their place while reading
  • Avoids close work
  • Holds reading material closer than normal
  • Tends to rub his or her eyes
  • Has headaches
  • Turns or tilts head to use one eye only
  • Makes frequent reversals when reading or writing
  • Uses finger to maintain place when reading
  • Omits or confuses small words when reading
  • Consistently performs below potential

Eye tests also detect signs of visual stress which also affects your child’s ability to learn.

Eyesight Related Behavioural Problems

Now and then children whose eyesight is deteriorating often get frustrated and this can lead to behavioural problems at school, further compounding learning issues.  Dr. Barry Jose, a founder of an American eye clinic shared this:

“One time we had a mother bring her young son in for an exam. Before we started she shared how disappointing the new school year was going with her son. She felt this year her son wasn’t trying to learn but was being influenced by the wrong kids to act up in class. I proceeded to give the son an exam and discovered his eyes were becoming quite nearsighted. This downgrade in vision probably meant he had real difficulty clearly seeing things in the classroom and was hurting his ability to learn.  We set him up with his first pair of glasses. A few months later the mother came back in to tell us the eyewear made all the difference as her son was learning and doing much better in school.”  

As you can see eye tests are important for your children.

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Sports Eyewear More than Protection for your Eyesight

Sports Eyewear Enhances Performance

Sports eyewear has evolved.  No longer just for protection, good sports eyewear will also give you a performance edge.   In a recent study the theory of professional athletes instinctively knowing where the ball is and where the ball is going to go instinctively was debunked.

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Optometrist Geraint Griffiths proved the importance of hand-eye coordination by putting together a study in 2003.  Griffiths measured Wimbledon tennis players and clay pigeon shooters ability to hit a target, by making them wear goggles which slightly distorted their vision.  He then tested them again with normal vision.

Here’s the result:

Wearing vision blurred goggles:

  • Tennis players hit the target 62% less with 47% fewer bulls-eyes
  • Clay pigeon shooters hit 25% fewer clay pigeons

Further studies have shown the importance of good eyesight in sport and hand-eye coordination.

In fact, some sports eyewear can be configured to correct vision, making you more competitive when playing your chosen sport.

Eyesight Risk from Sport

Sport does pose risks to your eyesight.  Here is a brief summary:

  • Sunlight Sunlight causes damage to your eyes due to UV radiation. It is always advisable to have eye protection when outside.  Any sport that you play outdoors, this risk will be present.
  • Glare – Snow and water sports carry the risk of glare damage. Skiing, snowboarding, fishing, rowing, all carry a risks of light reflecting into our eyes causing damage.  You have probably have heard the term ‘snow blindness’.
  • Projectile – Balls, insects, and foreign bodies of all kinds , can clearly do damage to your eyesight. Eye injuries of this kind affect thousands of athletes every year.

Eyewear Protection for Sport

Sports that carry high risk to eyesight such as skiing, fencing, and diving, have specialised eyewear and this should be worn when playing.  As a rule of thumb you should never play a sport where eyesight risks are high without the right eye protection.

Other sports where you would not associate a need for eye protection such as football do have eye goggles designed specifically for the sport.

Generally sports eyewear will have at least one of the following:

  • A shatterproof construction and be made from polycarbonate or Trivix materials
  • Be wraparound for comfort and complete protection from the sun
  • Contain reflective and polarised properties to protect from glare

Sports Eyewear and Children

Children should be encouraged to wear sports eyewear at an early age.  This will cement in good habits, and protect their eyes from the sun and other elements.

Eye damage from sunlight is accumulative over time, so keeping your children as safe as possible from outside elements and sport injuries, are setting them off on the right track.

What Sports Eyewear should I Get?

To discover what sports eyewear you need, call in and talk to us.  You can make an appointment at your local branch by clicking here.