By Alexa Kaczka
Parents have been advised to ensure that their child's eye prescription is up to date before they head back to school in September.
The summer holidays are a perfect time to check whether youngsters need the prescription updating for their contact lenses or glasses, which is often the case after a few terms of writing, noted Dr Kelly de Simone, a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
"If your child wears glasses or contact lenses, be sure their prescription is up-to-date - and be sure they remember to wear their lenses at school. A back-up pair is a good idea," she explained to Ahwatukee Foothills News.
As children now spend long hours taxing their visual systems with early reading, testing, and screen time using computers for schoolwork and play, it is very important that their eye prescriptions are up to date, she explained.
For children who do have eye problems, parents need to inform teachers when they go back to school so that teaching and testing materials are presented in a font that is large enough to be easily readable, and that print is sharp and clear, Dr De Simoen recommended.
by Emily Tait