Don’t forget those eye exams before kids return to class

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Parents you probably put one together for your child.

It’s a back to school checklist. But some may forget one thing, an eye exam.

From ages 6 to 18, a child’s vision can change frequently which can lead to behavioral and attention issues in the classroom.

According to the Optometric Association, 80 percent of what a child learns in school is presented visually.

Adrienne Montalvo, a certified paraoptometic technician, said it’s important to take your child to the eye doctor at least once a year, “A lot of times, the kids don’t understand when something is going on. So, as a parent, we need to make sure, as they are young, to pay attention and see if we see any eye turns or if they are very close to the TV.”

Other warning signs of vision problems are headaches or itchy eyes.

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