Monday, August 08, 2016 09:00 AM


Kids may not want to hear this, but it's time for back to school.

That means new clothes, freshly sharpened pencils and cafeteria lunches.

For a growing number of children it should also mean new glasses. August is Children's Eye Health Awareness month.

Children have different eye health needs than adults, and they can't always vocalize if something is wrong.

"One of the reasons to bring them in for an exam is to see what they see because it's not common for a younger child to say they can't see something because that's just their normal," Optometrist Bradley Schimke said.

Back to school is the perfect time to schedule these appointments so that children can get the best start to a new year.

"School aged kids, that third to fifth grade, as kids go through growth spurts, that's when we see near-sightedness becoming more prevalent," Schimke said.

Near-sightedness is when objects far away are blurry or difficult to see - objects like the chalkboard or teacher, crucial pieces to a successful education.


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