Vision is Much More than 20/20!

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How do you know if your child is struggling in school because of a vision-related learning problem?

Explanation of Convergence Insufficiency and treatment.

"World Health News Today" segment explaining learning related vision problems and how vision therapy helps.

Learning & Vision

  • Experts estimate that 10% to 15% of school-age children have vision problems significant enough to interfere with academic performance.

  • For children with learning problems, the figures are as high as 30% to 60%.

  • Most of these children have passed the annual school vision screening or the pediatrician's screening with flying colors because these just test visual acuity (20/20).

  • A vision screening at school, the pediatrician's office or even with an Ophthalmologist typically does not screen for learning-related vision problems, also called VISUAL EFFICIENCY.

  • Effective vision is much more than just 20/20 visual acuity.

  • Good vision requires

    • accurate eye movements,

    • smooth focusing and

    • effortless two-eyed teamwork.

  • If your child is struggling with handwriting, reading fluency, avoids reading, enjoys reading but uses their finger to keep their place, looses concentration with near work, has homework meltdowns, has been said to have attention issues or ADD/ADHD - it is important to get a comprehensive visual efficiency exam that test the following:

    • Visual focusing (accommodation)

    • Eye teaming (binocular vision)

    • Eye tracking (ocular motility)

    • Visual processing

  • To find an optometrist qualified to diagnosis and oversee the treatment of visual efficiency also called learning-related vision problems, contact the
    College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) at their national headquarters (800) 268-3770 COVD.org

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