With August nearly here, that means the beginning of Children’s Vision and Learning Month. The goal of this observance is to help educate parents and educators about the important connection between vision and learning. This is extremely important as researchers estimate one in four kids have an undiagnosed vision problem, which directly affects their ability to read, write and learn.
While some children are misdiagnosed with a learning disability, they really have a vision problem. If a child complains about seeing blurry in the distance, has poor hand-eye coordination or has frequent headaches they may actually have a vision problem.
Being that the school year is quickly approaching it is important that each of them have a comprehensive eye exam before classes begin. That is because a child with 20/20 vision can still have a vision problem. That could mean difficulty focusing and tracking.
If no vision correction is required, it is recommended that school-aged children see an eye doctor at minimum every two years. If a child or teen wears glasses or contacts, they should have an exam annually.
In addition, it is important that every child’s eyes are protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Sunglasses are the best method of defense in accomplishing this. They can protect against damaging UV radiation caused from sunlight. This radiation can potentially reach the eye directly or indirectly over time and damage the eye.
Always use common sense and ask a professional if you have any questions or notice anything unusual.