Many states are starting to mandate eye examinations for children. However, 50% of vision problems are missed in the screenings. The vision screenings primarily check eyesight, and if the eyesight is good enough, the child passes the test.
There are at least 5 million children in the US that have vision problems that impact learning, processing, and reading.
Perfect eyesight does not always equal perfect vision. Even if your child has had an eye exam, they still might have vision problems that contribute to struggles in school.
A visual processing evaluation will determine if there are aspects of eyesight and vision contributing to struggles in learning and reading.
A visual processing evaluation will evaluate your child's central and peripheral eyesight. It will determine if the environment is hindering your child's performance in class. Peripheral eyesight deficiencies can make it difficult for your child to miss details or unable to see the whole. Poor peripheral eyesight can also make fluent reading difficult, as navigation from word to word, or line to line is difficult.
If your child is struggling in school, please contact us today and let our experts determine if there are any aspects of your child's vision contributing to their struggles.
What is 20/20 vision?
20/20 eyesight is a determination of eyesight developed in the 1800's and is still the standard in optometry today. This number refers to a person's ability to see a letter at a certain distance. The top number refers to the distance, 20 ft, which is universally used as optical infinity. The bottom number is the size of the letter. Many children with vision problems have their eyes evaluated, and a lens is prescribed to make their eyes 20/20, regardless of their initial complaints. For a child with learning problems, do you think a lens that allows them to see a clear target at a far distance will help with their learning problems? Probably not!
For children with learning problems, a visual processing evaluation is the first piece of the puzzle to determine if and which aspects of their vision are contributing to their struggles. After the evaluation, there are many different options to help build new visual pathways. Lenses are usually a great first option to be used but sometimes lenses aren't enough. If certain visual skills are lacking, lenses might not be enough. Vision therapy and visual rehabilitation are also great options to help build visual skills. Vision therapy and visual rehabilitation are similar to physical therapy. Physical therapy helps build skills between joints and muscles. Vision therapy and visual rehabilitation help strengthen the relationship between the eyes and the brain.