Did you know that…
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- “25% of students in grades K-6 have visual problems that are serious enough to impede learning.” – American Public Health Association
- Approximately “80% of children with a learning disability have an undiagnosed vision problem.”– Vision Council of America
- “1 in 4 children has an undiagnosed vision problem which can interfere with learning and lead to academic and/or behavioral problems.” – College of Optometrists in Vision Development
- Studies show that “children who had visual perceptual and eye movement difficulties did poorly on standardized tests.” – Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, FAAO, FCOVD, Past President of COVD
- “When vision problems go undetected, children almost invariably have trouble reading and doing their schoolwork. They often a display fatigue, fidgeting and frustrations in the classroom – traits that can lead to a misdiagnosis of dyslexia or other learning disabilities.” – American Optometric Association
- A “child with a vision based learning problem has excellent verbal skills, causing parent and educators to think the child must be lazy, have ADD/ADHD, or is learning disabled.” – College of Optometrists in Vision Development
August is considered Vision & Learning Month. It’s aptly named that due to schools around the globe starting up again for their school year. As well as being treated to new school supplies and clothes, children should be given a yearly comprehensive eye and vision examination.
As a highly complicated process, vision requires not only 20/20 sight from both eyes, but accurate eye movement, eye focusing, eye teaming, and visual motor skills. School vision screenings are a great start, so take the opportunity before the school year is in full swing to make sure your child can reach their highest learning potential.