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Why Your Child’s Back to School Eye Exam May Not be Enough in Arizona

Every year, as inevitable as that very first-morning bell, your child’s school requires your little one to take an Arizona eye exam. And because the exam is performed by the school nurse, you might just think that this in-school vision screening may be everything your child needs when it comes to maintaining healthy vision year after year. But unfortunately, that fact couldn’t be further from the truth.

This is because the majority of schools that perform vision tests every year, in actuality, perform only one test: distance vision screening. And while testing distance vision, the vision that allows an individual to see at and beyond 20 feet away (or in other words, the typical distance between your child and the chalkboard), is undeniably important, there’s a whole lot more that goes into a comprehensive, annual Arizona eye exam.

Here at Nationwide, we know that your child’s total vision health comes first, which is why every Arizona eye exam that our experienced doctors perform is carried out from start to finish. From visual field (peripheral) to eye pressure to pupillary testing, our doctors perform every test available to ensure that your child maintains healthy vision. And because your child’s vision has the potential to change in just a year, our experienced doctors still recommend coming in for a back to school eye exam if your child already wears glasses.

Schedule an Arizona Eyeglasses/Contact Lens Exam (a test that assesses your child’s central vision) to help determine if there is any need for a change or update in his or her prescription. So even though your little one may be getting ready to be called into the nurse’s office in the next month or so, make sure that her first vision test of the year isn’t her last.

To learn more about the benefits of a Nationwide Vision Arizona eye exam or to schedule an appointment today, visit us at