Set Your Child Up For Success
Because vision may change frequently during the school year, regular eye and vision care is important. The most common vision problem is nearsightedness or myopia. However, some children have other forms of refractive error like farsightedness and astigmatism. In addition, the existence of eye focusing, eye tracking, and eye coordination problems may affect school and sports performance. Eyeglasses or contact lenses may provide the needed correction for many vision problems. However, a program of vision therapy may also be needed to help develop or enhance vision skills.
Vision Skills Needed For School Success
Every child needs to have the following vision skills for effective reading and learning: visual acuity, eye focusing, eye tracking, eye teaming, eye-hand coordination and visual perception. Other visual perceptual skills include recognition, comprehension, and retention. If any of these visual skills are lacking or not functioning properly, a child will have to work harder. This can lead to headaches, fatigue, and other eyestrain problems. Parents and teachers need to be alert for symptoms that may indicate a child has a vision problem.