School’s almost out...What do I do with my kids now?
Dr. Parker
Dr. Parker

If you have kids, this is the week you probably will ask this question a few times. Maybe you’re planning vacations this summer, camps, or thinking about tutoring programs to give your child an academic head start. In either case, remember to add GETTING AN EYE EXAM to your list of summer plans for your children.

During this month, we are promoting vision therapy examinations for children who may be having difficulty in school. The CRCT is over and in a few days, grades will be out for this school year. If your child struggled, perhaps you should consider having your child evaluated for vision related learning problems.

Children that are slow readers, lose their place when reading, skips letters and words, or have trouble saying words may have an underlying visual problem that affects their ability to read and comprehend. Also, children who reverse letters, have poor hand-writing, or struggle to remember how to spell could have dyslexia or a visual information processing disorder that leads to poor school performance.

The summer is an excellent time to prepare your child for the next school year. In addition to tutoring in reading and math, vision therapy helps to improve your child’s academic skills and attention span. Vision related learning problems affects more than 50% of our children. Most times, these problems are noticed, but very little is ever done to resolving them. A Developmental Optometrist who specializes in these areas can evaluate and recommend treatment.

Specialized tests determine if there are delays. From these results, a therapy program is devised to strengthen skills in many areas: eye-hand coordination, visual memory, leftright letter reversal awareness, and the way your child processes information. Improving skills in these areas allow the child to be better readers, more attentive to tasks, improve their handwriting, and increase learning abilities overall.

If your child is struggling and it seems like no one can explain why , do not wait any longer. Make an appointment. Schedule early so that you avoid the end of the summer rush to get therapy for your child, if needed.

As a Developmental Optometrist, I can help with your child’s vision related learning problems. If you or your child are in need of an eye care provider, I invite you visit EnVision Eye Care, 321 W. Montgomery Crossroads, Savannah (near Hunter Golf Course and VA Medical Clinic).

For appointments, call (912) 927-0707 and visit us at www.envisionsavannah.com

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