Backpack, check ... Pens, paper, check ... Eye Examination, triple check.
One of the most important things a parent can do to help their children succeed in school is to take them to Drs. Kevin Katz and Melody Fikkert for a yearly comprehensive exam. One in four children has visual problems that may affect their ability to learn.
Children with undetected vision problems can develop behaviors such as frustration, boredom, inattention and avoidance of completing work that can ultimately affect the rest of their lives.
Some signs that children may have an underlying visual problem include:
• Losing their place while reading;
• Getting sleepy when reading;
• Consistently performing below potential;
• Inability to complete homework in a reasonable amount of time;
• Difficulty copying from the board or from a book;
• Tendency to rub the eyes;
• Squinting, tilting of the head or book or holding material closer than normal;
• Frequent reversals when writing;
• Confusing similar words while reading; or
School screenings by a school nurse or family doctor can be helpful, but are not complete eye exams. Typically screenings only identify a small number of children having trouble seeing and often miss vision problems.
Major medical plans often cover the exams. Your UTMB Superior Vision Plan benefit year ends at the end of August. Make sure that you don’t let it go to waste if you haven’t used it.
So have your children’s eyes examined before school begins and check peace of mind off your preschool list!
Drs. Katz and Fikkert practice at TSO, 515 22nd St., in downtown Galveston. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 409-763-6300 to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit www.TSOGalveston.com.