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Eye exams prove critical to student learning

August 29, 2013

Optometrist Sarah Fratesi gives an eye exam to Reese McAfee at Crigler Eye Clinic Wednesday. With school starting, local optometrists say it is important for parents to watch children for symptoms of vision problems that could impede academic progress. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)

Starkville optometrist Amy Crigler says there are three times children should get their eyes examined before they start school: once right before they start, once when they are 3 years old and once between the ages of six and 12 months.

Sarah Fratesi, another optometrist who shares Crigler’s clinic, said the typical eye chart of letters was often insufficient for three-year-olds and infants who hadn’t yet learned how to read. Instead, she said, she asked three-year-olds to identify simple pictures, and for toddlers, she showed them a character and asks them to point out when they see the character again.

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