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Back-to-school eye checks recommended for children

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Dr. Ryne Wood of Leet Eyecare checks a student's eyes. Dr. Ryne Wood of Leet Eyecare checks a student's eyes.

There's back to school shopping and back to school immunizations, but now parents might also want to think about getting their kids' eyes checked as they head back to the classroom.

Studies show that 80 percent of what children learn during their first 12 years is related to sight; however, 86 percent of kids start school without getting an eye exam. That's why local doctors remind us now is the time to think about your young learners eye health.

Dr. Ryne Wood with Leet Eyecare says poor vision is a pretty common problem in kids. He says the best way to protect a child's eyes is through a professional eye exam, which should be given shortly after birth, at six months old, before entering school and every year from there on out.

Wood says some things to look for that might be a sign of vision problems are:

  • If your child complains of headaches or blurry vision
  • If you or your child's teacher notices him or her holding school books or school work close while reading
  • If your child is reading below grade level
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