It’s that time of year when kids are heading back to school. Parents are busy making sure vaccinations are up to date, school supplies are ready to go, and there may even be a new outfit or two ready for that all important first day. One thing you may have been overlooked, though, is an eye exam. Dr. Ben Cassella, an Optometrist and the President of the Georgia Optometric Association, explains that an eye exam can actually make a big difference in a child’s academic performance.
Technology can be a great thing, but it is also impacting kids’ eyesight. You may remember the days of chalk on blackboards; now there are smartboards, and, while those smartboards have many benefits, they’re also hard on the eyes. Not only are the smartboards hard on the eyes, there are also smartphones and tablets and video games wreaking havoc. Dr. Cassella explains why that is and them affect it has on vision.
Dr. Cassella goes onto explain that often times when a kid says he or she doesn’t like reading it is actually because of a vision problem. That vision problem could make it difficult for the child to read, so they don’t want to do it.
In this segment Dr. Cassella shares how simple an eye exam can be, how early your kids should start getting eye exams, and even how you can protect your own vision.
If you have questions for Dr. Cassella or if you’d like to set up an exam with him, you can find more information on his website: www.casellaeyecenter.com.