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By aitkineyeca32139567, Oct 16 2019 02:23PM

Signs Your Child Has a Vision Problem

There are many things you can look for if you’re concerned your child may be suffering from a vision problem. Vision problems can be misdiagnosed as both behavioral and learning disorders, which is why getting your children’s vision checked regularly is essential to their success both in and out of the classroom.

Here are some of the common symptoms your children may display if they have an undetected vision problem:

• Squinting, covering one eye, or closing one eye while reading

• Losing place of what line/page they were reading

• Skipping over words and lines while reading

• Angling or turning their heads to see more clearly

• Getting headaches while reading

• Looking at things up close while reading

• Getting distracted or frustrated while reading

• Avoiding reading or other schoolwork

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it’s a good start. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an exam and we can either rule out a vision problem, or determine the issue and work to treat it properly.

By aitkineyeca32139567, Sep 23 2019 12:00PM

See To Learn: a free vision and eye health assessment for 3-4 year olds

Is your child ready to learn? You definitely want your child to do their best in school, so you buy them school supplies, you bring them to the doctor, you buy them new clothes… but do you make sure they can see clearly? 80% of learning involves their eyes so it is critical to be sure they can see their best. That’s where See To Learn can help. By following these 3 steps you can do your part to make sure your child sees well and is ready to See To Learn!

Step 1:

Stay vigilant. As parents, guardians and educators, it’s up to us to recognize the signs of vision problems in the children we care for. See To Learn has the resources to keep you informed about common symptoms, which can crop up at any age.

Step 2:

Get the test. Three and four year olds are given a free vision and eye health assessment from a participating Eye Care Council optometrist. Early detection can be key: Serious conditions like amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (turned eye) require intervention before age 5.

Step 3:

Follow up. Before or during a child’s first year of school, schedule an examination with an optometrist. Every year, 25 percent of starting kindergartners have vision issues affecting their ability to learn, which may not be detected in school-performed screenings.

At the EyeCare Centers of Aitkin and McGregor we are proud to be See To Learn providers. Let us help you make sure your child’s eyes are ready for school.

By aitkineyeca32139567, Sep 16 2019 12:00PM

InfantSEE: a free vision and eye health assessment for babies.

Babies learn to see over a period of time, much like they learn to walk and talk. They are not born with all the visual abilities they need in life. The ability to focus their eyes, move them accurately, and use them together as a team must be learned. Also, they need to learn how to use the visual information the eyes send to their brain in order to understand the world around them and interact with it appropriately.

Healthy eyes and good vision play a critical role in how infants and children learn to see. Eye and vision conditions in infants can cause developmental delays and are easier to correct if treatment begins early. That's why the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your infant's first eye exam around six months of age.

Under this program called InfantSEE, participating doctors of optometry provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between six and 12 months of age free of charge regardless of family income or access to insurance coverage.

Drs. Kinzer, Hakes, and Landsverk are proud to be InfantSEE providers. They have provided care for hundreds of babies and look forward to being part of your baby’s healthcare team.

By aitkineyeca32139567, Sep 9 2019 12:00PM

All school aged children should have an annual comprehensive eye exam.

Evidence now supports that children ages 6 to 18 years should receive a comprehensive eye exam before entering the first grade and annually thereafter. The comprehensive eye exam guideline has shifted from a two-year to a one-year frequency recommendation due to research showing the increased prevalence of eye and vision disorders and further understanding of the significant impact eye health has on a child's development.

The America Optometric Association (AOA) is urging all parents and caregivers to begin taking their children to a doctor of optometry for regular, in-person comprehensive eye exams at a young age to establish a lifelong prioritization of eye health. The AOA is concerned because many children only receive vision screenings offered at a school or pediatrician's office, which fail to catch a wide variety of conditions that only a comprehensive eye exam can detect.

Good vision and overall eye health are essential in childhood development. Poor vision can affect a child's ability to participate in class and cause them to fall behind in their education. It can also impact their performance in sports, among other activities. A comprehensive eye exam goes beyond vision screenings commonly offered at school or a pediatrician's office, which fail to catch a wide variety of conditions. A doctor of optometry can diagnose and treat any eye or vision conditions that may affect overall health, such as glaucoma, brain damage and head trauma.

"Undiagnosed and uncorrected eye and vision problems are a significant public health concern, which is why the AOA developed the evidence-based guideline for comprehensive pediatric eye and vision examinations," said Christopher Quinn, O.D., president of the AOA. "Children are entitled to the best care, and this guideline provides the compass for comprehensive and improved care for children based on the collective body of available evidence."

Have your children all had a comprehensive eye exam this year?

By aitkineyeca32139567, Aug 28 2019 08:07PM

Kids and glasses: what our doctors recommend

There are many choices in lens materials and features, sometimes making it difficult to know what is best. This can be especially difficult when it comes to kid’s glasses. Here is what our doctors recommend:

1. Polycarbonate lens material. Polycarbonate is a type of plastic. It is the most impact resistant lens material available, making it the ideal lens material for active children. Polycarbonate provides an extra layer of safety for your child’s eyes. Polycarbonate lenses are also thinner than standard plastic and have 100% protection from ultraviolet light.

2. Non-glare treatment. Children are exposed to glare from fluorescent lights, computers, and hand held devices. Non-glare treatments reduce glare and reflections, helping your child see their best and reduce eye strain and fatigue.

3. Non-scratch treatment. Kids can be tough on glasses. Scratched lenses limit vision and cause glare resulting in eyestrain. At the EyeCare Centers of Aitkin and McGregor our non-glare treatments all come with a scratch resistant treatment included, providing a 1 or 2 year warranty against scratches (depending on which non-glare treatment you choose). Our opticians can provide you details on the difference between non-glare treatments.

4. High quality frames. Not all frames are created equal. A good quality frame will stand up to the demands of an active child. At the EyeCare Centers of Aitkin and McGregor we provide frames with warranties ranging from 6 months to 2 years (our opticians can provide you with details about all our frames).

5. Transition lenses. Transition lenses automatically change from clear indoors into sunglasses outdoors. If your child is sensitive to light, Transition lenses are a great option.

Glasses for kids can be functional and stylish. Our opticians will find a frame that fits well, looks great, and your child will love to wear. We can help you select the best lens material and features for you child. We love helping children see their best, and we love helping children select glasses they feel great wearing.

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