As the back-to-school season quickly approaches for many U.S. children, ODs across the country have begun to prepare for the inevitable third-quarter rush. One-third of poll respondents say that they feel most parents have a better understanding and concern for their kids’ screen time, while 40 percent say that they haven’t seen a noticeable change in the concern of parents.
According to the responses, here are the most common reasons why optometrists are seeing a rise in visits is because parents
- 40 percent of respondents said that most parents of their patients are good about having their child seen for an eye exam annually.
- 33 percent said that parents are just now starting to bring their kids back to the optometrist due to COVID-19.
- 33 percent say patients are worried about their child’s screen time and long-term vision.
- 27 percent said that the children themselves are asking for contact lenses.
One female OD wrote in noting that the pandemic allowed her office to adjust its scheduling overall to avoid the seasonal swings. “My office has been booking ahead three to four months ever since reopening after COVID-19.”
Half of all respondents were female ODs and 44 percent were male ODs. Another six percent of respondents were females, not ODs.