You go out to dinner as a family, you play at the park together, and you go see a movie together. How about trying something new for a family outing? With school just around the corner, the academic year means a new start for everyone. You purchase fresh school supplies for the kids, discuss new daily schedules and even set some goals.
There’s no better way to start the school year off right than to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for each member of your family. Because so much of learning is visual, children are more engaged in the learning process when they have good vision. Your kids will have the assurance that they can see the board or screen from any seat in the classroom, and this contributes to your peace of mind as parents.
Adding a comprehensive eye exam to your Back to School Checklist communicates to your children that good vision is a priority. It is also a way to make sure that the most important tasks get completed first. It’s just a good rule of thumb to schedule important check-ups like well visits, dental appointments and comprehensive eye exams before school begins. Taking care of these appointments outside of school means that your children will not have to miss instructional time, and scheduling them around the same time just makes it easier to remember. Some ophthalmologist offices are even open on Saturdays, so you can all have your appointments together.
Taking time out of your busy schedule to get your comprehensive eye exams as a family can be a good way of modeling healthy choices for your children, and it can also be a source of family bonding. Make a day of it and do something active or play outside afterward. Take a walk, visit a state park, or just go to the school playground to get the kids acclimated to the outdoor equipment and play structures. Your kids will have great memories of the day and anticipate their next eye exam with excitement.