Why are thorough vision examinations important?
Don’t assume your child has good vision because he or she passed a school vision screening . A 20/20 score means only that your child can see at 20 feet what he or she should be able to see at that distance. It does not measure any of the other vision skills needed for learning. Vision screenings are important, but they should not be substituted for a thorough eye health/vision examination. Tests for near sightedness, far sightedness, astigmatism, colour perception, lazy eye, crossed eyes, eye coordination, depth perception, and focusing ability are needed to help ensure that your child’s vision is ready for school.
Be alert for signs/symptoms that may indicate your child has a vision problem such as :
- Frequently loses his or her place while reading
- Avoids close work
- Holds reading material closer than normal
- Has headaches
- Squints or tilts his or her head frequently
- Preforms below potential
- Has trouble reading signs in the distance
Comprehensive eye exams are still covered by OHIP for children under the age of 20 years and this essential service should become a part of the back to school routine to ensure that children have clear, comfortable, and healthy vision.