All parents understand how vital good vision is to their children’s development and school performance. As children grow and mature, over 80% of what they learn is processed through their eyes. However, most of us have a limited understanding of what good vision actually means. Good vision has many more factors than just seeing clearly with or without glasses.
When most of us think about vision, we think about clearness of sight, or visual acuity. The sharpness of vision is measured by the eye chart. When a child has 20/20 vision, it means that each of their eyes can see what an average person sees at a distance of 20 feet. If a child fails the eye chart test, they can get glasses or contacts to correct their blurry vision; however, the eye chart is limited to only checking a child’s sharpness of vision, usually measured at distance.
The eye chart cannot test many other important visual skills that children need to succeed in today’s modern world, especially at school. The eye chart alone does not check how well children team or coordinate their eyes at the close distances required for reading, how well they can track a line of print without losing their place, how well they can adjust focus changes from near to far distances, or how well they can understand and make sense of what they see. These are problems glasses can’t correct. Children can have good sharpness of vision (20/20) and still have serious problems in these other areas.
The only eye test most children have is a brief screening at school which only checks their distance vision using the eye chart. Each year thousands of children suffer from undetected vision problems that can make school and life difficult. Also, children with crossed or wander eyes and lazy eyes face especially demanding challenges. Children with poor visual skills may struggle to read, have short attention, perform poorly in sports, develop low self-esteem, and have doors closed to many future careers because of poor visual skills.
Is your child at risk? A simple screening survey can give you accurate information about symptoms that flag potential problems.
If you are concerned with any of the above mentioned problems, please contact our office today!