Protect your eyes
You need over 15 visual skills to succeed in reading, learning, sports, and in life. Seeing 20/20' is just one of those visual skills; deficiencies in the others cannot be treated adequately with just glasses, contact lenses and/or patching, and are best resolved through a program of vision therapy.
Vision therapy is based on the neuroplasticity of the brain and seeks to "rewire" or rehabilitate the neural connections between the eye and the brain. This approach is also common to occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Deficient visual and ocular- motor skills can negatively impact a patient’s success in academics, sports, self-esteem and life in general. To address a patient's visual problems, an eye doctor will design an appropriate Vision Therapy program; the objective is to "rewire" the eye-brain connection to develop proper visual, perceptual and ocular- motor abilities so that the patient can perform to his or her full potential in school and in life.
According to the experts, infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should receive additional eye exams at 3 years of age, and just before they enter kindergarten or the first grade at about age 5 or 6.
For school-aged children, they recommend an eye exam every year or according to their eye doctor’s recommendations.
Early eye exams also are important because children need the following basic visual skills for learning:
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