It is estimated that about 80% of what we learn depends upon our visual processes so it is important to help children acquire good vision. Without a properly functioning visual system, a child in a good school with good teachers cannot be expected to perform at or near their potential in the classroom, during sports or recreational activities.
In order to determine whether or not a child has good vision, a visual perceptual or vision skills examination is needed to determine whether or not (s)he is experiencing any of a number of vision problems. Many children with 20/20 visual acuity can have significant vision problems.
Here are the basic vision skills needed for school performance:
If these or other visual skills are lacking, your child will have to work harder. Headaches, eye strain and fatigue are some of the possible results.
Many times, if there are developmental delays or symptoms of visual problems, a child will not grow out of them. Often they will build coping mechanisms or patterns instead. By getting your child tested in comprehensive visual skills, you will either know that your child is right on track, or that your child needs intervention. Either way, his/her needs can be met. The earlier dysfunctions are identified and treated, the less likely the individual will struggle in school and other child-centred environments such as the sports field. This also means less possible ramifications such as negative emotions, misdiagnosis of disorders such as ADD, low self-esteem, special education services, etc.
Be alert for symptoms that may indicate your child has a vision or visual processing problem:
The typical screening often does not uncover developmental vision problems. Early detection and periodic eye exams with a Developmental Behavioural Optometrist can save years of struggle!