As the lazy days of summer dwindle, the first day of school is in sight. August not only marks the return to classrooms across Galveston County, but Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.
One of the most important things a parent can do to help their children succeed in school is to take them to Drs. Melody Fikkert, Chris Brownlee and Kevin Katz for a comprehensive eye exam.
One in four children have visual problems that may affect their ability to learn.
Whether it’s a blurry blackboard or having to squint while studying, not being able to see properly can have unwelcome behavioral side effects — frustration, boredom, inattention and avoidance of completing work.
And, don’t assume your child is in the clear after a vision screening by a school nurse or family doctor. Screenings often only identify a small number of children having trouble seeing and may miss problems because of insufficient equipment.
If you schedule an exam with Dr. Fikkert, Brownlee or Katz before school starts, your child’s vision problems can be detected and treated.
Major medical plans often cover the cost of eye exams. Your UTMB Superior Vision Plan benefit year ends at the end of the month, so make sure you don’t let it go to waste if you haven’t used it.
Drs. Fikkert, Brownlee and Katz’s practice, TSO, is located at 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.
Pay attention to signs your child might have a vision issue:
• 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.