• August is "Vision and Learning" Month

    by Karine B
    on Aug 10th, 2017

August is National Children's Vision & Learning Month. The goal of this national observance is to help educate parents and educators about the critical link between vision and learning.Vision problems are the 4th most prevalent class of disability in the United States and one of the most prevalent conditions in childhood. According to All About Vision, experts say that roughly 80 percent ofwhat a child learns in school is information that is presented visually. Seeing is our dominant sense and our primary source for gathering information in learning.Vision problems can have a profound effect on how children learn. Many kids who are struggling in school may have vision problems that are not detected during a typical school vision screening.

Eye exams for children are extremely important, because 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems.* Early identification of a child's vision problem can be crucial because children often are more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early.

Many parents incorrectly assume when their child passes a school vision screening, there is no vision problem. However, a child can have 20/20 vision but still have trouble seeing. Although the American Optometric Association (AOA) indicates the most common vision problem is nearsightedness (myopia), some children have trouble with eye focusing, eye tracking, and eye coordination. The only way to be sure your child can see clearly is a comprehensive vision exam.

Common signs of learning-related vision problems

Vision can change frequently during the school year, so keep an eye out for the following between appointments:

Annual Eye Exams for Children: As Important as Visits to Pediatricians

 When it comes to keeping children healthy and ensuring proper childhood development, annual visits to pediatricians are important. But what most parents don’t realize is that annual eye exams are equally as important. Healthy vision is essential to a child’s ability to learn and achieve their academic potential, as well as to play sports and other activities.

Scheduling Eye Exams For Your Child

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) says on its website that your family doctor or pediatrician likely will be the first medical professional to examine your child's eyes.

If eye problems are suspected during routine physical examinations, a referral might be made to an eye doctor for further evaluation. Eye doctors have specific equipment and training to assist them with spotting potential vision problems.

LEARNING AND VISION
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

• 1 in 4 kids has an undetected vision problem.
• Vision changes can occur without your kid even noticing.
• Undetected vision issues lead to learning problems.
• Poor vision can lead to low confidence in school and sports.
• Regular pediatric eye exams are at the heart of kids’ success in school.
• Schedule kids’ eye exams yearly before school starts to make sure your kids are
ready to take on their year.

At Eye & Health Dr.Sangani specializes in pediatrics and vision therapy and that a quick vision screening at school (i.e. just reading an eye chart) is not enough to fully assess a child's vision and eye health.

Author Karine B

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