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|The importance of comprehensive vision exams for children|
Since 80% of learning is visual, it makes sense that vision problems can have a profound effect on a child's education . Many children who experience academic difficulty often have a visual dysfunction in addition to their primary reading or learning problem. Fortunately, these conditions are treatable through vision therapy.
Infant Exams for Early Detection
Vision develops rapidly after birth. Any undetected vision problem can have a significant impact on infant and childhood development. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the less likely it is that other areas of development will be affected.
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Pre-School Vision Exams
A vision examination is a very important step in preparing children for that first day of school. During the school years, good vision is essential to the ability to read and to learn. Any vision problems need to be detected and treated before they lead to a learning and/or behavior problem.
If the pre-school or kindergarten offers a free vision screening, be aware that the screening might be incomplete. Many free school vision screenings do not test important visual skills, including eye teaming (binocular vision). Children need a comprehensive pre-school vision examination.
Exams for School-Age Children
Once in school, children should have a professional vision examination at least once every two years. Children considered at risk for the development of eye and vision problems may need more frequent re-evaluation.
If your child struggles with reading, it is important to have a thorough vision evaluation by a developmental optometrist, or an optometrist who provides an in-office vision therapy program. This evaluation is focused on how your child uses his or her vision throughout the school day as well as when working on homework (and even playing sports!).
Locate a Doctor near you to schedule a comprehensive exam!