Before Back-To-School, Get Back-To-The-Optometrist For Better Learning

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Randolph Eye Associates is offering free eye exams for uninsured children to kick off the school year.

Vision is a dominant process in the growth, development and daily performance of children. In fact, eighty percent of what students learn is through vision. And yet, 86 percent of all school-age children have not had a complete eye examination.

"This could mean that thousands of school-aged children simply can't see correctly," said Dr. Ronald Cline from Randolph Eye Associates of Randolph. "Parents and teachers need to know that with a complete eye examination, we can diagnose and begin treatment of many of these debilitating vision and eye health issues."

Students with poor vision can be misdiagnosed as learning impaired, as having attention deficient disorder, or are just plain left behind from their peer group. And these kids don't know that they can't see what their friend sees, because they don't know what normal vision is like.

It also means that many children, by the time they have that first examination, may have a condition, such as amblyopia or lazy eye, which now cannot be treated and is the leading cause of blindness. If they had had a complete eye examination earlier in their lives, the condition could have been easily corrected.

"We encourage parents to have children examined yearly starting as young as 1 year old," said Dr. Ronald Cline. "This monitors eye development and can prevent conditions that may be irreversible in later years."

Teachers can help too by letting parents know the importance of eye examinations and the link between good vision and successful learning. Children need to have a complete eye examination where vision acuity, eye health and vision skills are measured. And they need to have these examinations at an early age.

Comprehensive vision examinations can only be conducted by an eye care professional with the specialized training needed to make a definitive diagnosis and prescribe treatment. Keep in mind that a vision screening, while a useful tool, is a limited process and cannot be used to diagnose an eye or vision problem, but rather to indicate a potential need for further evaluation.

Randolph Eye Associates will offer limited appointments reserved for those elementary school aged children that do not have sufficient eye coverage during selective afternoons towards the end of August and the first few weeks of September. Call 781-986-7400 for availability.

Optometrist, Dr. Ronald M. Cline has been serving the eye care needs of patients in the South Shore and Greater Boston for over 35 years. If interested in learning more children eye care, please contact Randolph Eye Associates or visit us at

Randolph Eye Associates, located in Randolph Massachusetts, across from Randolph High School provides comprehensive eye care for the entire family. All the doctors specialize in contact lenses, pediatric, low vision, dry eye diagnoses and treatment as well as your general primary eye care. Randolph Eye Associates is a TLC Laser Eye Centers Affiliate. The Boston office, Vision Specialists, is located at Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan Square. Randolph Eye Associates takes almost all major medical plans and have nights and Saturday appointments.

Randolph Eye Associates has continued to stay abreast of the latest in technologies that will provide your family with all-inclusive eye care. With the latest diagnostic technologies, glaucoma tests, and with the latest ophthalmic lens design, Randolph Eye has the ability to fabricate glasses to maximize every patient's visual requirements. Randolph Eye continues to be in the forefront of optometric diagnostic modalities and to provide one of the most comprehensive exams in the South Shore.


Josh Cline
Randolph Eye


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