You might have gotten your kids up-to-date with their vaccines and school supplies, but getting their vision checked is also a good idea.
Caitlin is getting a vision checkup, something she does regularly after her mom found out she was having a difficult time learning.
"She passed her school screening, so I was assuming that her eyes were fine; she didn't have any problems. But as she started in school, she was having difficulty reading and doing math," said Jamie Tasson.
Dr. Heidi Johnson said vision screenings only test for distance and not any of the function skills needed for learning. She said it's much more than clarity, it's also input skills, like the eye's ability to track and focus.
"The way the eyes point and track, move from left to right when they are reading from target to target. How well the eyes converge and point to the environment so that when they're reading, their eyes are teaming properly," said Dr. Heidi Johnson.
Johnson said kids who have trouble writing are experiencing a problem with their eye-hand coordination.
"Their reading ability and/or their learning ability impacts their whole future. They don't want to go to college because they feel they are not effective in that area," Johnson said.
At Superior Eye Health, Johnson has a vision therapy center to improve learning processes. A therapist uses visual activities to work with kids.
"I've noticed a complete change in her attitude, being able to focus longer, sit down, and read. She always enjoyed reading and art, but she's been able to read longer," Tasson said. Dr. Johnson recommends kids have a full eye exam every year.