In 1995, August was first declared Vision and Learning Month to help increase awareness about the prevalence of misdiagnosed vision problems in children. Vision problems can making reading and learning extremely challenging causing children to struggle at school. Children may not know they are seeing things different than other children so they don’t know to ask for help. Scheduling eye exams with an optometrist, in addition to the school vision screener, will help prevent misdiagnosed vision problems.
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.