Why A Vision Screening in Lancaster County Is Not Enough
How can I tell if my child has vision problems that affects their ability to read and learn?
Learning is 80% visual. Reading, writing, computer work, and seeing the board are all learning tasks that our children are required to perform in order to succeed in school. These visual tasks require accurate vision and quick visual response times at near and far distances.
Eye care professionals believe that 20% of school-aged children do not possess the visual skill set needed to excel in school. This is independent of whether or not a child needs corrective lenses or glasses. Having 20/20 vision is only one aspect of measuring one's vision.
Vision isn’t just about seeing well, but it’s about how we interpret and interact with the information in front of us. One can pass all vision screening exams and excel in reading the charts, but still struggle with dyslexia, have poor hand-eye coordination, diminished focus, strabismus, convergence insufficiency and amblyopia.
Why A School Vision Screening Is Just Not Enough
20/20 just means that one can clearly read the letters on an eye chart that is 20 feet away. There is, however, so much more to good vision than 20/20.
Pediatricians, school vision screenings or certain organizations can detect basic visual aberrations or abnormalities, but the only way to ensure that all the essential visual skills are working properly is to undergo a Comprehensive Vision Exam or a Functional Vision Exam.
The vision screening programs are typically offered by schools, pediatricians or primary care physicians, with the goal of identifying undetected vision problems. If the screening indicates a vision problem, they are then referred to a pediatric optometrist for further, more detailed, evaluation.
These screenings test only for distance visual acuity (myopia). While important, these tests often do not check for farsightedness nor do they verify how well the eyes work together. Even if they do check for these, the superficial nature of these screenings don’t provide any information about eye health and can therefore miss many visual aberrations and conditions.
A comprehensive eye exam, on the other hand, can detect eye diseases and disorders such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachments and macular degeneration, as well as other systemic health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Eye Conditions That Can Cause School and Work Difficulties
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