Evaluation of Visual-Related Learning Problems
Did you know that 80% of everything a child learns, understands, and remembers is acquired through his or her visual system? Vision is very important in the learning process and it is important that children receive comprehensive vision exams starting as early in life as possible. Vision screenings at school are not sufficient as a basis for diagnosing vision problems. Subjective tests such as reading the eye chart are not preventive and only identify very few problems. Some children exhibit no signs or symptoms but can still have significant vision issues. A comprehensive exam may find a visual problem missed during screenings, and your eye doctor can recommend treatment. Some states require comprehensive exams by an eye doctor prior to entering school at age 5. Most experts recommend full vision assessment at ages one, three and five. We often see patients as young as six months with the help of a special hand held computerized instrument to measure how the infant focuses without the need to read an eye chart.
Go to www.InfantSee.org, sponsored by J & J and promoted by former Pres. Jimmy Carter
Your child may suffer from a visual problem if they exhibit any of the following characteristics:
- Struggles with reading
- Grows tired or frustrated with reading
- Can't sit still or stay at a task for any length of time
- Reverses words, numbers, or letters
- Difficulty remembering the spelling of words
- Frequently loses their place, skips words, or skips lines of text while reading
- Poor reading comprehension
- Shows no improvement from medication or tutoring
Children suffering from uncorrected vision problems may face many barriers in life - socially, academically, and athletically. Make sure your child's vision is developing well. Please setup an appointment today by calling our office at (803) 802-4733.