Why Parents Should Make Eye Exams First in Back-to-School Planning

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALES have begun for the rapidly approaching 2016-17 academic year. Among parents’ important preparation is to schedule a comprehensive vision exam for their children. 

Because a child’s eyes can change so quickly, eye care professionals suggest annual exams that start around kindergarten age. “Most of the intricate connections between a child’s eyes and brain develop during the first seven years of life,” says Horizon Eye Care’s Dr. Benjamin Kramer, who with Horizon's Dr. Stephen Daugherty is board certified in general pediatric ophthalmology, including high quality eye muscle surgery techniques for children and adults. 

“Screening tests by pediatricians and schools are designed to detect vision-threatening conditions during this critical period,” says Dr. Kramer. However, basic vision screenings can sometimes miss eye problems. “Older children whose poor vision went undetected frequently are discovered too late for effective treatment,” he continues. “Parents can be sure their child is developing normal vision by taking them to a pediatric ophthalmologist for a comprehensive examination.”

Optimum eyesight is crucial for maximizing reading and learning skills and for preventing your child from becoming frustrated academically, socially and athletically. According to the American Optometric Association, 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-age children have vision problems.

Horizon Eye Care has some of the region’s premier vision specialists. Patients benefit from state-of-the-art equipment that aids in the diagnosis and management of all types of diseases and vision problems.

Dr. Daugherty’s vast experience with kids has identified the most challenging aspects of an exam: “Children consistently dislike dilating drops. We must dilate a child’s eyes because in the undilated state inaccurate readings can be obtained for the focusing power of the eye, and whether or not a child needs glasses.” 

Horizon’s pediatric specialists are experienced in establishing a comfortable setting that puts kids and parents at ease. “We have a film reel that attracts a child’s attention to look at the end of the room and to distract them from what I’m doing as I measure the alignment of the eyes and tracking,” Dr. Daugherty says. “We have other tools that test depth perception and color vision that are like games for kids.” Older children can be successfully distracted through conversation.

Ensure that your child is fully prepared to be at his or her best this school year by making an appointment today.

Make an appointment

To schedule an exam at Horizon Eye Care, use the Request an Appointment form at HorizonEye.com or log into Horizon’s Patient Portal. Or call 704-365-0555 during regular business Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If your child needs glasses, click this coupon to save. Horizon offers 2 pairs of glasses for just $99 with a Kids Club Membership. Some restrictions apply. 


Stephen A. Daugherty, MD Benjamin C. Kramer, MD


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