Westside Optometry
Newsletter for September 2016
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Westside Optometry Issue No. 49


“Enhancing lives with personalized vision care”
Dear Karen,
I hope you enjoy this Back to School issue. I’ve included an article that was recently released by the California Optometric Association about children’s vision and behavior. Studies on this topic have been done for decades with the same conclusion; poor visual ability at school can negatively affect a child’s success and future. Every child needs an eye examination.
Our Fall trunk show is this weekend. Come by Saturday to see the beautiful glasses and sunglasses.
Karen Griffith
Westside Optometry

Is there a link between vision and behavior? 

The back-to-school season is the time to make sure your child is fully prepared and ready to take on the challenges of school. Perhaps the most overlooked, yet immensely important part of that preparation is the all-important vision examination. There is a very strong relationship between vision and learning, as well as vision and behavior in the classroom.
To read about a study linking behavior and visual ability click here. The full article includes signs of possible vision problems.

Vision Screenings
A vision screening can give parents a false sense of security. When a screening reports that a child is seeing 20/20, parents often assume that no further exam is needed and fail to ever take the child for a comprehensive eye examination. To learn more about the difference between a screening and an examination click here.
Some vision screenings test for visual acuity only, but don’t determine whether the eyes are able to work together. Eye coordination is important inside and outside of the classroom.
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Maui Jim Tent

Stop by Westside Optometry Saturday September 10th between 10:00 and 2:00. It’s time for our Fall Eyewear Event.
A representative from Maui Jim Sunglasses will have all the styles to try on.
Plus, Kliik, FYSH, Evatik and WIlliam Morriscollections will be available as well.
Bring a friend
Back to School Vision Facts
Good vision includesvisual acuity, eye health and visual skills such as eye teaming, eye focusing and eye motility.
Eye Teaming: the ability of the eyes to work properly together.
Eye Focusing: the ability of the eyes to focus and shift focus between near and distance points.
Eye Motility or Tracking:the ability of the eyes to move together across a page of print, to directly view an object, or move from one viewing area to another.
 You can make yourappointment online.
 Dr. Karen Griffith
Dr. Karen Griffith is the primary optometrist and owner of Westside Optometry. She has been in practice since 1988.
Westside Optometry is located at 320 Petaluma Blvd. South in Petaluma.
 (707) 762-8643