GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - August is Children's Eye Health Month, and back to school is a great time for parents to see if their child needs glasses.

Dr. Greg Morgan with Rx Optical joined 13 On Your Side at Noon with advice for parents.

Up to 80% of the learning children do is through their eyes, so undiagnosed or untreated vision problems can have far-reaching effects on their education and ability to socialize.

Experts estimate that 10% of preschoolers have vision problems significant enough to impact learning, and some children with vision problems are being misdiagnosed with ADD.

Signs of Eye and Vision Problems

  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Short attention span
  • Avoiding reading and other close activities
  • Frequent headaches
  • Covering one eye
  • Tilting the head to one side
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • An eye turning in or out
  • Seeing double
  • Losing place when reading
  • Difficulty remembering what he or she read

Rx Optical will be offering full eye examinations for children between the ages of 4 and 18 for only $19 through September 15, as a way to encourage parents to get their child's eyes checked before the school year ramps up.

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