Healthier Me: Could Bad Eyesight Equal Bad Grades? - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Healthier Me: Could Bad Eyesight Equal Bad Grades?

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Back-to-school time is just around the corner. Are your kids looking forward to it? Probably not, but you should still have their eyes checked.

Kids may feel pretty confident sitting in their desks with their new school supplies, but if they can't see the white board... they can quickly fall behind.

Eye doctors say it's important to schedule an exam for your student before the new school year. Teachers will often spot students squinting or not paying attention because they can't see, but doctors say they can spot the problems before it becomes a problem in the classroom. 

Sanford Health Optometrist Dr. Maggie Suby Kelly recommends kids have an eye exam every year. Dr. Suby Kelly says, "being able to see at the beginning of the year is crucial. She says, "if you can't see... you can fall behind and stay behind."

Dr. Suby Kelly says an exam can also spot other problems with a child's eyes. Eye diseases are rare in children, but if something is present, she says, "it's always best to catch it and treat it early."

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