Pre-K Eye Exam Day is back, August 1st, 2013 at Uptown Eye Care!
Do you have a child entering kindergarten this fall? No doubt you are already making preparations for this milestone in your child’s life. Ensuring that your child is equipped and prepared for this first step of their formal education can have a lasting impact on their performance.
During a child’s first twelve years 80% of all learning comes through vision, yet vision problems affect 1 in 20 preschoolers and 1 in 4 school age children. A common mistake is to think that a vision screening in school or at the clinic is an eye exam.
A vision screening is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam because vision screenings generally test for distance acuity, or what a child can see at a distance of 20 feet. It does not test for eye function disorders and may miss astigmatism or blurred vision. A child who receives a 20/20 vision test result can not necessarily see clearly to read.
MOA Children’s Vision Committee – Vision and Learning Month
The MOA Children’s Vision Committee, with the help of a federal HEHP grant, are supporting an effort to educate families about children’s eye health. To kick off Children’s Vision and Learning month, which is August, and as part of the MOA’s Good Sight For Kindergarten, August 1st is Pre-K Exam Day.
The goal of Pre-K Exam Day is to let families know that good vision is essential to learning, and every child needs to have a comprehensive eye exam before entering school. At least 25% of all school-age children have vision problems that impair their performance in school. This could be as high as 60% because vision problems can be confused with other disorders, and students may unnecessarily receive special education or even be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.
Uptown Eye Care Participates in Pre-K Exam Day
We are proud to be participating in this event. On August 1st and August 2nd Dr. Mary Gregory (chair of the Minnesota Optometric Association Children’s Vision Committee) will be offering no cost eye exams to 4 and 5 year olds that will be entering kindergarten this fall. This is a great opportunity to make sure your children are ready for learning with good sight.
Spaces are limited, so please call our office at 763-271-2020 to schedule your child’s Pre-K eye exam today.