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It's hard to believe it's already August, right? Kids throughout the country are getting ready for the beginning of the school year, equipped with school bags, textbooks and a whole lot of enthusiasm. And actually, this is the perfect opportunity to take your child to an eye exam, if you haven't already done so.

As you might have guessed, a lot of school-based learning is accomplished with children's eyes. Despite the overt link between sight and learning, many parents seem to be unaware of this, and as a result, don't include a visit to the eye doctor as part of their child's back to school to-do list. It's important to know that because vision in kids changes, regular eye care is central to doing well in at school.

As children go through school, it becomes increasingly important to keep tabs on their eyesight. Some warning symptoms include trouble seeing numbers or letters, watery eyes and frequent eye rubbing, squinting, avoiding small print, and head tilting.

Not being able to meet the visual requirements in the classroom can noticeably affect their academic performance. New technology brought into the classroom, like interactive whiteboards, can even exaggerate less obvious vision problems. Without adequate vision, kids can be at a disadvantage not only in the classroom, but also mentally, physically and emotionally.

If your child has already been fitted for glasses, now is also a perfect time to see if their current frames are suitable and comfortable. Even though your child might be able to see with his or her current pair of glasses, they might need to be adjusted or perhaps the lenses no longer align with the child's eyes due to normal growth. If you want a kid to wear his glasses, he better feel good about them!

So be sure to come see us as part of your back-to-school routine. We'll do our very best to help your child begin the year afresh with great vision.