Don’t let undiagnosed vision problems hinder your child in school. Pictured above are co-owner/operator Julie Bayly and daughter Katie.

Many people made their list of things to do and purchase in order to properly prepare their children for the school year.

You’ve bought clothes, notebooks, pens, pencils, backpacks, and similar school supply items, but don’t forget to squeeze in a worthwhile visit to the eye doctor for an exam. In fact, eye care for your student(s) should be at the top of the list for academic reasons, but equally as important is sports protective eyewear.

Today, sports eyewear is important for anyone who picks up a ball, bat, racquet, or stick. School-aged competitors are particularly prone to eye injuries since their athletic skills (hand-eye coordination, balance, reaction time, and speed) are still developing. Under most circumstances, at least 90% of sports-related eye injuries are preventable with the proper use of protective sports eyewear.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 42,000 sports-related eye injuries require emergency room attention each year in the United States. The commission also notes that approximately 43 percent occur in children younger than 15. Fortunately, many parents, coaches, and athletes realize that wearing protective eyewear for sports pays off in several ways. The risk of eye damage is greatly reduced and it enhances your vision to give you an extra performance “edge” in the sports you love.

“I’ve seen first-hand how important sports eyewear can be for those playing any sport. The protection that sports eyewear gives makes it worth looking into,” stated co-owner and operator of Optical Eyeland Julie Bayly.

Julie Bayly went on to say, “Another issue I’ve seen during the school year is how undiagnosed vision problems interfere not only with children’s reading skills, but also with their social interaction and confidence with their peers. Close to 80% of learning takes place through a child’s eyes. Since a child’s eyesight changes frequently, regular eye and vision care is crucial to a student’s classroom performance.”

Children with poor visual skills may struggle to read, have a short attention span, and develop low self-esteem. In most cases, unless a child complains about a vision problem, parents don’t ask questions concerning their vision. Research also notes that children tend to not complain about subtle problems with their eyesight.

Common signs parents should look for that may indicate a problem with vision or eye health are tearing, squinting, unusual light sensitivity, eye redness or discharge, persistent head turning, frequent headaches, droopy eyelids, or a misalignment of the eyes. As with any condition, earlier diagnosis leads to better outcomes.

Optical Eyeland can help your family in an environment that is family-friendly and is sensitive to ‘smaller’ patients. The staff will be happy to assist and fit you or your loved ones with the frame and lens style that matches your lifestyle. Optical Eyeland carries a wide range of frames, lenses, contact lenses, sports eyewear, and prescription sunglasses.

They also have a large selection of designer frames, and offer frame repair or replacement, layaway, accessories, sunglasses, and the leading technology in vision correction – all at very competitive prices.

Optical Eyeland accepts most insurance plans including AAA, AARP, Adventist Healthcare, Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coast to Coast, Eyemed, Vision Care Plan, Florida Hospital, and many more. If Optical Eyeland is not on your provider list, give them a call and they will try to match your plan’s discounts.

Their office is conveniently located at 730 South Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, just east from the corner of U.S. Highway 441 and Sheeler Road, next to the Racetrac.

Its hours of operation are Monday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call them at 407-880-0335 to schedule an appointment and for details regarding the specials now being offered. Walk-ins are welcomed!  Se habla Espanol.