In 1995, August was first declared Vision and Learning Month to help increase awareness about the prevalence of misdiagnosed vision problems in children. The most common reason for the misdiagnosis is that parents rely on in-school eye screenings to let them know if their child has trouble seeing. Because in-school eye tests only evaluate distance visual acuity, it can miss a wide range of other vision problems.
This leads to children struggling with reading or having trouble learning in school. Children may not know they are seeing things different than other children so they don’t know to ask for help. Children with vision problems are often misdiagnosed with learning disabilities, such as, ADHD.
This is why it is important for your child to get comprehensive eye exams starting at 6 months old. By the time a child is entering kindergarten, they should have had two additional eye exams, one at three years old and another before entering kindergarten.
Learning requires a number of visual skills, such as, focus, eye tracking, and coordination. A comprehensive eye exams tests all of these skills and determines how well the child is using them together. Vision abnormalities can be detect and our doctors will put together a treatment plan.
Glasses can help correct many vision challenges your child is having, and other times vision therapy might be needed. Vision learning therapy allows visual developmental delays to be corrected by improving the reception and processing of sensory information. The earlier your child’s visual challenges are detected, the better the opportunity to correct the vision problems. The great news is that visual problems, due to immature development, can be eliminated with intervention regardless of age.