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The Golden Rule for Back-to-School

POSTED ON August 7, 2012

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With schools moving at faster paces, kids don’t have any time to waste picking up new material in the classroom.  When students struggle with their vision, they will stumble over words, lose their place, and get letters confused.  After so much, they will get frustrated and quit. When 80% of what children learn is processed through their eyes, it is no wonder children with vision issues struggle in school. Since 1 in 4 children have undetected vision problems, school issued vision tests are not sufficient ...

With schools moving at faster paces, kids don’t have any time to waste picking up new material in the classroom.  When students struggle with their vision, they will stumble over words, lose their place, and get letters confused.  After so much, they will get frustrated and quit. When 80% of what children learn is processed through their eyes, it is no wonder children with vision issues struggle in school.

Since 1 in 4 children have undetected vision problems, school issued vision tests are not sufficient enough or in-depth enough of eye examinations for young, developing eyes.  The eye chart that school nurses have kids read provides information on the sharpness of distance vision.  It will tell if a child has 20/20 vision, or how clear his vision is. It will not, however, test many other visual skills children need to be successful in school.  It cannot check how well children coordinate their eyes at close distances, how well they can track a line without losing their place, how well they adjust focus changes, or how they process what they see.  These are serious issues that can hinder a child’s success in school.

Schools vision screens can cause other issues, too.  Sometimes easily solved vision issues are misdiagnosed as dyslexia or attention deficits.  When in reality, the child is seeing double vision or he is having one of the aforementioned problems.

Even though school vision screens aren’t sufficient, optometrist exams are.  The key is finding the issues and responding to them early. That way the child has ample time to catch up on material and master their adjustments. Dr Tavel can provide your child with a complete, comprehensive eye examination that will get your child ready for success.

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