Eye screenings and exams are recommended for certain ages before going back to school. Dr. Ben Williams of Modern Eye Care in Washington explains each child should have a full comprehensive exam before kindergarten which includes a dilated eye exam. This exam helps rule out pathology or learning deficits. Screenings can be conducted by family doctors and essentially it consits of reading a chart. Williams as well as Dr. Jim Courtney and Dr. Ryan Striegel perform screenings at Lincoln and Stewart elementary schools each fall.
He adds the earlier children have screenings and or exams the better, as undiagnosed vision problems can carry into adulthood. For the full interview with Williams listen to today’s Washington Page.