August is Children’s Eye Health Month

Dr. Ashley

August is Children’s Eye Health Month

By: Dr. Ashley Reddell

When school resumes in August, educators, parents, and students will strive to improve reading levels. According to the Common Core Curriculum, “Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read.” When a child struggles with reading, parents and teachers often think that a vision problem might be at the root of the child’s problems. A trip to the school nurse or the pediatrician will often assure them that their child can see just fine or “20/20,” and a vision issue is incorrectly ruled out. In some cases parents will even take their child to an eye doctor and be told everything is fine, despite the fact that their child has an eye coordination or eye movement disorder. Getting to the root of a child’s reading struggles can be difficult. Parents typically see multiple experts often starting with the basics, which includes an eye exam. It makes it tough for parents when they suspect that their child has a vision problem yet the experts say nothing is wrong.

 

“The majority of vision screenings and even eye exams are not designed to test for vision problems that interfere with academic success. It takes specialized testing to identify the majority of vision problems that interfere with reading and learning,” explains Dr. Ida Chung, President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), “It is important to see the right eye care professional.”

 

Most people don’t realize that you need 17 visual skills to succeed in reading, learning, sports, and in life. Seeing ‘20/20’ is just one of those visual skills. Here is the complete list:

  1. Eye Movement Control
  2. Simultaneous Focus at Far
  3. Sustaining Focus at Far
  4. Simultaneous Focus at Near
  5. Sustaining Focus at Near
  6. Simultaneous Alignment at Far
  7. Sustaining Alignment at Far
  8. Simultaneous Alignment at Near
  9. Sustaining Alignment at Near
  10. Central Vision (Visual Acuity)
  11. Peripheral Vision
  12. Depth Awareness
  13. Color Perception
  14. Gross Visual-Motor
  15. Fine Visual-Motor
  16. Visual Perception
  17. Visual Integration

Family EyeCare Center is proud to offer services in diagnosing and treating children and adults with vision issues that affect their ability to read and learn.  Don’t forget to include an eye exam on your child’s back-to-school list

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