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Vision Conditions

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Vital Visual Skills
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Most people don’t realize that you need 17 visual skills 
 
to succeed in reading, learning, sports, and in life!

 1  Eye Movement Control 

 The ability to move both eyes together to point at an intended target or follow along a path, like a line of text

 2  Simultaneous Focus at Far

 Forming a clear image of something in the distance

 3  Sustaining Focus at Far

 Keeping an image of something in the distance clear

 4  Simultaneous Focus at Near

 Forming a clear image of something close to the eyes

 5  Sustaining Focus at Near

 Keeping a clear image of something close to the eyes

 6  Simultaneous Alignment at Far

 Lining up both eyes at the same point the distance

 7  Sustaining Alignment at Far

 Holding both eyes lined up at the same point in the distance

 8  Simultaneous Alignment at Near

Lining up both eyes at the same point up close

 9  Sustaining Alignment at Near

 Holding both eyes lined up at the same point up close

 10  Central Vision (Visual Acuity)

 This is where "20/20" vision comes in!

 11  Peripheral Vision

 Being able to see what's on either side of you while your eyes are pointed forward

 12  Depth Awareness

 Being able to tell that things are further away or closer up than each other (also know as depth perception)

 13  Color Perception

 Being able to tell different colors apart (if you are not color-blind)

 14  Gross Visual-Motor

 Moving yourself through space without bumping into things by using information from your vision

 15  Fine Visual-Motor

Writing, sewing, texting, and doing other small and close-up activities with accuracy by using information from  your vision

 16  Visual Perception

 Being aware of your environment and what is going on around you in your visual field (the area you can see)

 17  Visual Integration

 Bringing together your vision and your other senses to accomplish complex tasks, like reading while walking a balance beam


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