Back-to-school basics: Vision tests

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HOUSTON (KPRC) — Optometrists say now is the perfect time of year to test your child’s vision. Eye strain can lead to headaches, poor grades and can even look like behavior problems, so it’s best to know if your child needs glasses before they head back to school.

After age 4, 20/40 vision or worse is considered abnormal and then you need to see a specialist.

Dr. Shawn Kavoussi from Berkeley Eye Center says kids older than 5 should have at least 20/30 vision.

However, no matter the child’s reading level, doctors can detect the sharpness of their vision.

“At age 3, before the child is reading, you can use graded symbols to gauge how small they can look at a certain object,” Kavoussi says.

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