August is National Vision and Learning Month
By Emily Richardson, OD
It’s that time again – time to start thinking about getting the kids ready to go back to school! August is National Vision and Learning Month, so in between rushing around to get the kids back to school clothes, and finishing the school supply list, take a moment to reflect on your child’s success in the classroom last year. Ask yourself: Did my child struggle with Homework? Does my child avoid reading?
A collection of professionals who are a part of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) have been advocating for children all over the world to help increase awareness about visual development and the importance of routine eye care for our children. The COVD outlines the most common signs of a vision problem, including difficulty completing homework, inattentive and easily distracted in the classroom, skipping lines or words when reading, and complaining of sore eyes and getting tired when reading.
Studies show that many of these behaviors, which are actually the result of an eye coordination issue, are being easily mistaken for ADD/ADHD symptoms. This misdiagnosis can be caught early and corrected by scheduling a comprehensive vision exam.
Healthy vision and eye teaming means more than just having 20/20 vision. Knowing that your child has 20/20 vision only means that a child can see clearly at distance, but they may lack other skills needed for learning such as focusing, tracking, and eye coordination. Therefore, some simple vision screenings that only assess vision can miss the other vision problems that interfere with learning.
A comprehensive eye exam should include other binocular vision testing to evaluate how effectively a kid uses their eyes together as a team to achieve depth perception and hand-eye coordination skills. Also, it is important to test the child’s ability to focus their eyes for near work, which if not adequate can lead to eyestrain, headaches, and poor performance with reading and writing. Schedule your child a comprehensive eye exam today – before the school doors open again for another year of learning!
To schedule an appointment with the Optometrists at Lawless Eye & Vision, please call (815)284-2020