Summer Eye Exams for Children


As children move through various developmental phases, proper vision can help them succeed in each stage. Vision aids with language skills and fine and gross motor skills. In fact, 80 percent of learned information comes through sight. Children use eyesight to create building blocks for increased learning and developmental skills. Copying, reading, retaining focus and group involvement are all aided by proper vision.

What is included in a functional vision test?

A functional vision test generally takes 60 – 90 minutes and includes a series of tests based on the patient’s individual needs. The doctor will first review the patient’s health and eye history, with emphasis on any visual problems and symptoms. This information is used to tailor the functional vision test, which includes tests on a wide range of visual skills.

These tests are for the typical learning-related vision problems. Different tests may be required for other types of patients (developmental delay, brain injury, sports vision).

The Functional Vision Test includes the Pre-Test Assessment, the Examination Assessment, and the End Visit.  In some cases, an additional Perceptual Test may be required.  Prices and descriptions of vision tests are included below.

These visual skills are crucial for academic success. Functional vision problems include issues with eye teaming, tracking and focusing, all of which can translate to big problems in the classroom.

Besides academic struggles, there are many symptoms that can indicate a functional vision problem. While we don’t have enough room to list every symptom, here are some of the key ones to look for in your children:

* Short attention span with reading and schoolwork 
* Excessive squinting, blinking and/or closing or covering an eye
* Headaches in forehead or temple region
* Places head close to book when reading
* Rubbing eyes when reading

Eye and vision problems that affect children

Besides looking for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism (refractive errors), your eye doctor will be examining your child’s eyes for signs of these eye and vision problems commonly found in young children:

Vision and learning

Experts say that 80% of what your child learns in school is presented visually. Undetected vision problems can put them at a significant disadvantage. Be sure to schedule a complete eye exam for your child prior to the start of school.

Karine B

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