To ensure your child isn’t left behind at this vital stage, start implementing these best practices today—and keep them in mind moving forward.

1. Comprehensive eye exams

Schools do their best to provide vision screenings, but some vision conditions are missed. Schedule an annual eye exam with an eye doctor to assess how the eyes are working individually and together, as well as identify issues impacting eye health or visual performance. In most cases, glasses or contact lenses will enable a child to perform at their best, ensuring vision creates no impediment to academic success.

2. Digital eyestrain

Today’s learning environment entails extensive time in front of digital devices, which can lead to eye strain. Encourage children to practice the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something at least 20 feet away. Staring at digital screens reduces the blink rate leading to dry eyes, so refocusing and blinking helps alleviate dryness.

3. UV protection

UV rays are present every day, even when it’s cloudy. Protect your child’s eyes with an E-SPF® rated lens. E-SPF® follows a simple pattern: a higher number means greater protection. E-SPF® is a global index rating the overall UV protection of a lens. E-SPF® was developed by Essilor International and endorsed by third party experts. Ask your eyecare professional for a clear lens with a rating of 25, which means an eye protected by the lens will receive 25-times less UV exposure than an unprotected eye. For sunwear, E-SFP® 50+ is the highest rating available.