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Doctors recommend getting an eye exam before the first day of school

Posted at 11:43 AM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 14:43:40-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The back-to-school to-do list is growing, but a vision exam is one thing that local doctors do not want you to skip.

"It is strongly recommended that children get checked before they go to school to set them up for success," said Krystal Vanichsarn, Optometrist with ACE Eyecare.

Children between the ages of three-years-old to five-years-old should receive a vision exam rather than a screening before the first day of school, Vanichsarn added.

It's also helpful to limit the amount of screen time to maintain healthy vision.

"Take breaks about every 20 minutes or so and give your eyes a break," said Vanichsarn. "For at least 20 seconds look far away and it's recommended to also equal the amount of screen time you have with the amount you spend outdoors."