Dr. Michelle Jones with the Family Eye Care Center in Pella loves working with kids, making sure that their vision is as it needs to be as they pursue their academic goals. Here are some of the points I took away from the interview:
September is one of the busiest months for optometrists. Many problems emerge in September as school starts when students recognize that they cant see the board at the front of the classroom. Eye health experts prefer regular checkups over coming in whenever their is a problem, as some problems may be prevented.
Approximately 80% of what we learn is through our vision. Reading, math, science, music–everything taught in school has a visual component.
Vision can impact grades and progress, and if we don’t get our kids to the optometrist, we can impact their lives in a very serious way.
Vision screenings offered at school and other places are great–they isolate if there is the child is having trouble seeing. They aren’t enough, however, to determine if there is a more significant problem.
If a kid is smart, but having trouble in school–especially with reading–they may have a vision problem.
Vision problems may lead to behavioral problems as well. A kid that doesn’t see the whiteboard at the front of the room may bother someone sitting next to them, which can lead to more serious problems.
Children should first see an eye doctor at six months, then a couple of more times before kindergarten. After kindergarten, a regular yearly appointment is best.
Enjoy the interview.