Seeing Clearly

Vision checkups for better student learning

School supplies? Check.

Vaccinations? Check.

Vision check? Check.

Did you know that 80 percent of a child’s learning is visual and more than 25 percent have vision problems? Before school starts, add checking your child’s vision to the list of must-dos.

The American Optometric Association recommends that children have a first eye exam at six months of age and checked again once a year, as some eye conditions are hidden and annual comprehensive exams catch what screenings cannot.

Adventure Vision is now a part of Pediatric Dental Group located on South Utica Avenue in Tulsa. Children can now have their teeth and vision checked the same day. They also offer 350 different insurance and Medicaid-approved eyeglass frames designed just for children. Adventure Vision has a lot of fun plastic frames in a variety of colors to help kids feel cool and unique in their eyewear.

Children’s optical visit Q&A’s:

Q. Do you dilate a child’s eyes in the exam?

A. Yes. This will blur their near vision for four to six hours and they will be sensitive to light during that time, so we provide sunglasses after the visit.

Q. What percentage of kids need vision correction?

A. One in 10 children has a problem significant enough to impact learning. Children with vision problems can be misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD and dyslexia because they skip and re-read lines, have poor reading comprehension, take longer to do homework, and show a short attention span for close work.

Q. Can children wear contacts?

A. Yes. It’s a choice between the parent and the doctor. Patients as young as seven years of age have worn them.

Pediatric Dental Group and Adventure Vision can be found at 602 S. Utica Avenue in Tulsa. Visit online at  

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