Get your family ready for back to school with a comprehensive eye exam

49b5cea0017c7b6cc10ff2cdbfcae90cSchool begins in three weeks for Rockwood School District students.  That means it is time for parents to get your kids ready for going back to school. There are clothes to buy, pencils to sharpen and summer reading to finish. A comprehensive vision exam should be at the top of your list.  As parents, you want your children to be successful in school. Good vision is a key.  Comprehensive eye exams are one of the most important investments a parent can make to help maximize their child’s education and contribute to overall health and well-being, especially since some vision problems may not have warning signs. If your child has difficulty seeing the smart board or their reading, this could present unnecessary challenges to their classwork.  It has been estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through his or her eyes. Reading, writing, chalkboard work, and using computers are among the visual tasks students perform daily. A child’s eyes are constantly in use in the classroom and at play. When his or her vision is not functioning properly, education and participation in sports can suffer.  Early detection and treatment provide the very best opportunity to correct vision problems, so your child can learn to see clearly.  Make sure your child has the best possible tools to learn successfully.

For school-aged children, the AOA recommends an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses or contact lenses should be examined annually or as recommended by their optometrist.  Early eye examinations are crucial to make sure children have normal, healthy vision so they can perform better at schoolwork or play. Unfortunately, parents and educators often incorrectly assume that if a child passes a school screening, then there is no vision problem. However, many school vision screenings only test for distance visual acuity. A child who can see 20/20 can still have a vision problem. In reality, the vision skills needed for successful reading and learning are much more complex.

Early eye exams also are important because children need the following basic skills related to good eyesight for learning:

It is also important for all children to protect their eyes from damage caused by ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. Sunglasses are needed to protect the eyes outdoors and some sport-specific designs may even help improve sports performance.  Because children tend to spend significantly more time outdoors than most adults, up to half of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation can occur by age 18.  Also, children are more susceptible to retinal damage from UV rays because the lens inside a child’s eye is clearer than an adult lens, enabling more UV to penetrate deep into the eye.  Therefore, make sure your kids’ eyes are protected from the sun with good quality sunglasses. Also, encourage your child to wear a hat on sunny days to further reduce UV exposure.

Make sure that your children are prepared for the school year by scheduling an exam with one of our doctors.  Both Dr. Prange and Dr. Knibb have school age children of their own.  Give us a call at our office to find a time that will work well for your family.


June is Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month. Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. Most cataracts appear with advancing age. The exact cause of cataract is unclear, but it may be the result of a lifetime of exposure to ultraviolet radiation contained in sunlight, or may be related to other lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, diet and alcohol consumption. According to the Vision Problems in the U.S. report from Prevent Blindness America, over half a million Missourians over the age of 40 suffer from cataract problems. It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Treatment of cataract involves removal of the clouded natural lens. The lens is usually replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implant. Cataract removal is now one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures with more than a million such surgeries performed each year.June-Cataract-Awareness-

Nordic Naturals Lunch & Learn

We had a great lunch and learn today with Nate from Nordic Naturals.  A large body of scientific evidence indicates that supplementing with fish oil benefits eye health in people of all ages. Why? Because fish oil is the best source for EPA and DHA, the omega–3 essential fatty acids that are among the most important nutrients for the development, function, and maintenance of eye tissue throughout life. DHA is particularly important for the eyes, and attains its highest concentration within eye tissue, where it accounts for approximately 30% of the total fatty acids.

The research-backed benefits of fish oil include:
• Promotes healthy eyes and vision
• Supports healthy tissue moisture and tear production
• Protects against age-related oxidative damage
• Maintains fluid and flexible eye cells and tissues
• Can help alleviate dryness and redness
• Is natural and safe for long-term use

Remember, not all fish oil is created equally.  Come by and pick some up at our office!30

Youth Sports Safety

Sports-Eye-Injuries-Infographic-March-2014-550px_1April is National Youth Sports Safety Month and is the start of the sporting summer season. Know that almost ALL sports-related eye injuries are preventable. Whatever the sport, whatever the child’s age… appropriate protective eyewear is the best defense against eye injury! Come check out our selection from Liberty Sport to get your kids fitted for the upcoming season.

TLC Lunch & Learn

We had a great lunch & learn today with our consultant RoseAnn from TLC Laser Eye Center. As an Affiliated Optometrist, we use a team-based partnership with TLC because of a strong track record of safety, experience and patient satisfaction. If you have ever thought of having laser eye surgery, we can help you see if you are a candidate. TLC is hosting a FREE patient seminar on April 2nd! Give us a call for the details.