Many schools across the U.S. are now back in session—with virtual learning the predominant method. The dramatic surge in screen time calls for increased vision protection, especially for children whose eyes are still developing and may be exposed to higher levels of harmful blue light.

According to Think About Your Eyes, 24 percent of parents wait for their children to display the symptoms of a vision problem before taking them to an eyecare provider. This can be problematic, in part, because many kids don’t understand what “normal” vision really means.

Worse yet, many kids don’t have comprehensive vision exams, yet it’s a major factor in their learning cures. As the 2020/21 school year begins, prioritizing eye exams for kids is taking on new urgency. ECPs should encourage all patients with children to make eye exam appointments.