Pediatric eye exams are more than just a good idea, they are an essential part of seeing clearly and effective learning. The American Optometric Association estimates undetected vision problems affects one in every four school aged children.
Which significantly impact visual perception skill, such as retention, comprehension and recognition. This can lead to a child having learning problems, trouble with simple tasks, tiredness, and headaches. It has even been known to lead to poor confidence levels.
Often times, our child’s vision changes without us even knowing. Making an annual eye exam that more important.
Here are a few things parents should keep an eye out for when it comes to their child’s vision.
Visual Acuity- Is your child able to see the chalkboard from the back of the room, see the computer at an arm’s length, or read a book up close.
Eye Focusing- Is your child able to keep a clear focus when there are changes in distance. Such as looking at the paper on their desk, then looking at the chalkboard, and looking back to their desk.
Eye Teaming- When both eyes coordinating and moving together. This can sometimes be seen when judging distance at play and reading.
Eye Hand Cordination- Taking visual cues and being able to process them. This can be seen when a child colors, draws, or kicks a ball.
Visual Perception- Being able to organize images, interpret their surroundings, and make sense of what they see.
The key to being able to learn is good eyesight. Vision problems can happen at any age and they can easily go unnoticed. Which is why it is so important to have regular eye exams. The AOA recommends children from ages 6 to 18 have a comprehensive eye exam every two years and annually for those at risk.
If your child is having difficulty in school, complaining about headaches or being tired all the time, it may be time to contact Lake Nona Eye Care.