Please call or text Blue Ridge Eye Associates at (540) 434-EYES (3937) or email Wally at BlueRidgeEye@hotmail.com to schedule your child’s eye appointment today. Mention this post and for your child age 18 and under, purchase a complete pair of eyeglasses with in-stock single vision plastic lenses for $129 or in-stock single vision plastic non-glare lenses for $169. Select from our special collection of frames worth $119. Eyeglasses must be purchased on same day as child’s exam and may not be combined with any other promotion.
We all have our back-to-school shopping lists (somewhat modified for 2020-2021):
- Get school supplies
- Buy new shoes
- Schedule sports physical
- Pay classroom fees
- Attend Back-to-School Night
Something very important is missing from the list: making appointments for comprehensive eye exams for your children! Even if there are no complaints over the summer about blurry vision or headaches, children still need to have frequent eye exams. Just like their bodies are rapidly growing, children’s eyes are changing as well.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common condition in children which often develops around the age of 6 or 7. This condition results when the cornea is curved too much or when the eye is longer than normal. When light comes into the eye, it is virtually focused in front of the retina instead of directly on the retina and the child’s vision is blurred.
Nearsightedness can worsen rapidly, especially between the ages of 11 and 13, which means that an eyeglass prescription can change dramatically over a short period of time. Never fear, mom or dad. Changing eyesight is not a reason for worry, and vision tends to stabilize in the later teenage years and early twenties. During the growing years, it is important to make regular eye appointments with your child’s optometrist. Making comprehensive eye exams a part of your back-to-school tradition guarantees that your children’s eyes are examined at least once every year. These exams also mean that you have the opportunity to obtain updated eyeglasses, ask questions of your optometrist, and get recommendations for when to schedule the next exam.