Before you buy the spiral notebooks, 3-ring binders, and the latest back-to-school fashions, schedule an eye exam for yourself or your children to start the new school year off right!  This is the advice from Dr. Marc Weinstein of Value Eyecare Network and

“So much of what is taught in school must be learned visually. If a student’s eyesight is not at its best, vision problems can negatively impact academic and reading performance, says Dr. Weinstein. Nothing is more important than your health – so put maintaining good health at the top of your priority list!

Undetected and undiagnosed vision problems lead to poor performance in school.  The inability to see comfortably, or difficulty seeing small details and/or processing visual information are problems that are often hidden – even from the person experiencing them. A routine eye examination can reveal vision problems that require treatment. With your doctor’s help vision-related learning problems can be prevented. Make the appointment for an eye examination before you experience that dreaded call from the teacher or a disappointing first report card!

Some warning signs that you or a loved-one may be suffering from a learning-related vision problem are:

Blurred vision or “seeing-double”
Excessive blinking or eye-rubbing
Reading with the head particularly close to written word
Headaches or eye strain
Squinting, closing or covering one eye while reading or writing
Slower than average reading speed or comprehension

If you or someone close to you is experiencing any of these symptoms it is possible that they may have a vision problem that needs attention.  Even if you are not experiencing any of these vision problems, a yearly eye examination for prevention or treatment, is a great way to ensure healthy vision.  Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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