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Back-to-School Eye Exams important for success

A comprehensive eye examination is as essential for back-to-school success as supplies for learning. The majority of demands in school are visual, whether a student is trying to see the board or sustain focus at near point. Knowing your child is prepared to meet those demands should be a relief for any parent.

The sooner the better Studies have consistently linked school performance to poor vision and visual disorders. Many parents may not realize that vision is involved in almost every aspect of development. Each stage of a child’s development is built on previous stages. When there is a disruption at any stage or the stage is not completed, the next stage will have insufficient foundation. Whether help is needed from glasses or more intensive treatments, it is important to initiate treatment as early as possible. Finding out that your child has difficulty with seeing near or distance tasks or being able to sustain those tasks gives parent and child a head start on identification and remediation.

Screenings fall short of comprehensive eye exams Some parents or caretakers rely on screenings conducted at their child’s school as a measure of their vision. But screenings can give a false sense of security to parents. Undue reliance on vision screenings alone can lead to major issues throughout their child’s school years. A few key things to note:

  • Vision screening programs at schools are only intended to help identify children with eye or vision problems and can give parents a false sense of security as they only indicate a potential need for further evaluation.
  • Even the most sophisticated vision screening tools, administered by the most highly trained screeners, miss one-third of children with eye or vision disorders, according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute.
  • According to Children’s Hospital of Orange County, screen time at school and home can expose a student 8-18 years of age to media for more than 10 hours a day, which can lead to a number of visual challenges-some of which children may not necessarily even realize.

Only a comprehensive eye and vision examination, conducted by a doctor of optometry, can detect and test for a full range of disorders that affect children’s learning. Parents of children who “pass” a vision screening are often given a false sense that their child’s eyes are healthy, when they may have a serious, undiagnosed eye or vision condition. In fact, these screenings provide less than 4% of the information generated during a comprehensive eye exam and they miss up to 75% of children with vision problems. These children are less likely to receive timely treatment for their vision problem, allowing the impairment to become worse and to have a greater impact on their health and development. And even if a child should pass a vision screening, they should receive a comprehensive eye exam if they:

  • Show any signs or symptoms of a vision problem.
  • Are not achieving up to their potential.
  • Are spending excessive time and effort to achieve academically even minimally.

 

Snowcones for Sight hosted during Buchanan’s Thrill on the Hill

It’s our 4th Snowcones for Sight Event!! A refreshingly fun treat on a hot summer day! The Smoke Vision Care team will be donating their time and all the fixings for delicious snowcones for donations that will be given to the Buchanan-Galien Lions Club supporting their work in helping the visually needy in our community.

The Lions club is know as the “champions of sight” helping people all over the world and locally preserve their vision and see clearly. Through their eye wear recycling program people in under developed countries who have very poor visual function have the opportunity to see clearly. Locally our Lions Club has raised money for community members who do not have the resources to obtain eye care or eye wear, provided for surgical assistance to improve sight, helped them obtain rehabilitative services and tools to function with visual handicaps. We thank our Lions for their tireless efforts to help those in need.

During the event we will also have our eye wear donation box on hand so please bring your used eye wear to be recycled for use by someone in need.

The weekend is full of other fun activities. Check out Buchanan’s Thrill on the Hill Event Calendar for all the exciting details.

“See” you on the hill Saturday, August 3rd starting at noon!!

Snowcones for Sight hosted during Thrill on the Hill

On the heals of our successful winter Thrill on the Hill event we’ve created Snowcones for Sight!! A refreshingly fun treat on a hot summer day! The Smoke Vision Care team will be donating their time and all the fixins for delicious snowcones for donations that will be given to the Buchanan-Galien Lions Club supporting their work in helping the visually needy in our community.

The Lions club is know as the “champions of sight” helping people all over the world and locally preserve their vision and see clearly. Through their eyewear recylcing program people in under developed countries who have very poor visual funtion have the opportunity to see clearly. Locally our Lions Club has raised money for community members who do not have the resources to obtain eyecare or eyewear, provided for surgical assistance to improve sight, helped them obtain rehabilitative services and tools to function with visual handicaps. We thank our Lions for thier tireless efforts to help those in need.

During the event we will also have our eyewear donation box on hand so please bring your used eyewear to be recycled for use by someone in need.

“See” you on the hill !!

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