Stirling Eyecare August September 2019

August/September 2019

Prepare for School with a Yearly Eye Examination Envisioning the Best School Year Yet!

These days, glasses are a fashion statement. There are options in every style and for every look, and designers have entire lines and concepts devoted to glasses! Society has made tremendous strides in embracing glasses and opening up whole new worlds for those who actually need their vision corrected.

For parents who still carry the emotional scars of being called “four eyes,” keep in mind that your children’s options for vision correction have greatly improved in

It’s amazing progress, but not every kid had this luxury back in the day. (We’re looking at you, Generation X babies.)

When Dr. Gonzalez was prescribed her first pair of glasses, the frames were big, bulky, and plastic — not the kind of look she was going for at age 12. She desperately needed them, however. In fact, when she first tried on glasses, she realized the leaves on the trees weren’t green blobs; they actually had unique edges and points. This isn’t that uncommon for kids. Because children have always seen the same way their entire lives, they assume everyone sees exactly what they see. Sometimes, it isn’t until a parent notices their children squinting or missing something obvious that they begin to become concerned about their children’s vision. We suggest children visit the eye doctor starting at age 3. Continuing these regular appointments can be especially vital right before a child heads off to kindergarten, as their vision can influence their comprehension, reading, and math skills. Whether their vision changes are positive or negative can vary from year to year, but their growth and development depend on their eyes. The back-to-school season is the perfect time to get your children into the eye doctor so you can start the year knowing the condition of their eye health. We often tell parents that the stages of their child’s growth spurts are also a common time for their eyes to develop and change. In addition, even children who appear to see just fine may need vision correction. Our brains are very skilled at relying on other senses for support, so your child may be relying on one good eye for vision, while the second eye is struggling.

the decades since your childhood. Kids can get frames with their favorite TV show characters on them, frames in

their favorite color, and frame shapes that display their personality. Furthermore, contacts have become easier and more kid-friendly. In fact, we tell parents that children ages 9–11 can start using daily disposable contacts. We can teach them all about how to safely take care of their lenses and practice good lens hygiene. Dr. Gonzalez graduated from her bulky frames to contacts during her freshman year of college. She instantly felt “cooler,” even though her eyes were so small that she struggled to get the lenses into her eyes. Eventually, she caught on, and she continues to avidly wear her contacts. But since the revival of glasses in the fashion scene, she regularly wears her glasses, too. As parents ourselves, we know you only want what is best for your children. Set them up with the proper vision correction this school year with an annual eye appointment, and rest easy knowing vision care for children has greatly improved.

–Dr. Claudia Gonzalez and Dr. Michael Higgins

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