“EYE CARE” For You: Your Child’s Visual Needs For Doing Well This School Year

Dr. J. A. Parker
Dr. J. A. Parker

School starts soon. Some children are excited to be back while others regret the summer has almost ended.

There are several reasons for the regrets. Some of those involve the child having an undiagnosed learning related visual problem that affects their ability to read, write correctly, focus, and keeping their attention during class.

Eye examinations are recommended for children annually. If your child has not had their eyes examined this year, he or she is at risk of starting school without all the proper tools they need.

Some kids have visual problems that require glasses. They could be near-sighted, far-sighted, or have astigmatism to some degree. Either of these will cause problems in the classroom. All too often, the child is not able to explain how they see things because they think that everyone else sees things the same way. The only way to know if your child has a visual problem is to have their eyes checked on a regular basis.

Some kids could also have eye health diseases such as crossed-eyes, lazy eyes, cataracts, or glaucoma that could cause the child to have visual problems, which affect learning. Although most people think eye diseases only occur in adulthood, many children have eye diseases that could be detected, prevented, and treated if the child is having regular eye health checkups.

Lastly, some kids could have difficulty processing visual information to allow for adequate learning. Eye and hand coordination is required for good handwriting. Visual memory is important for spelling words correctly. Visual closure is a must for comprehension. Several other information processing skills could be the cause for many learning difficulties in school.

If your child has not had an eye examination, there is still time. Make an appointment to have your child’s eyes examined and start the school year off right.

Let this be the year your child finds learning more fun and less stressful.

EnVision Eye Care provides family and pediatric eye care, and I specialize in Vision and Learning Related Disorders for children. We can help with your child’s learning and visual needs.

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