Eyeglasses May Not Be the Answer
to Your Child's Vision Problem
Sometimes glasses or contact lenses
won't correct a child's vision problem.
Find out why, and how a program of
eye exercises called vision therapy
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Vision Problems Can Be Learning Problems!
Too many children struggle in school with
hidden vision problems that prevent their
eyes from working together efficiently, or
interfere with the brain's ability to make sense of
what their eyes see.
Is your child visually ready to learn?
How much do you know about
children's vision problems?
Take this quiz to find out.
Does Your Child Struggle to Read and Learn?
As much as 80% of what kids learn comes through their eyes. However, when vision problems interfere with
how clearly and easily a child sees, learning can suffer.
For most children, the process of "learning to see" goes well. But some may miss key developmental milestones or
experience eye or vision problems. This can interfere with the development of vision skills needed for reading
SeeingSmarter provides information and insights to help children of all ages gain the vision skills they need to
succeed in school and in life. You can learn to recognize, understand, and respond to vision problems that
may be affecting how your child sees and learns.
Is Your Child's Vision Developing Normally?
As many as one in five preschool age children may have a vision
problem. And eye and vision problems can affect not only how well a
child sees, but also his or her normal development.
That's why early detection and treatment of eye and vision
problems are so important to ensure your child is "visually" ready to
learn. Children should have a comprehensive vision examination at
least once between 3 and 5 years of age, before they begin first grade,
and annually thereafter.
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Watching 3-D Movies May Detect
Baby's Eye Exam
Children's Eye Exam
Learning to Read
Signs of Eye or Vision
Toys that Help
Vision and Intelligence
Vision and Learning
Vision and Reading
Watching a 3-D movie may be a better way to detect possible vision
problems than a school vision screening test. That's because 3-D viewing
requires both eyes to coordinate together in order to see indepth. And
poor eye coordination can hurt school and sports performance.
As many as one in ten children may experience problems viewing a 3-D
movie because of an undetected vision problem. If your child complains
of discomfort, dizziness, or headaches when watching 3-D movies, it's
probably a good idea to have his or her vision examined by an eye care
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
warns of the potential dangers to children
from lasers in toys and other products. A
laser beam shone into a person's eye can
cause serious injury and even blindness.
Laser injuries usually don't hurt and may
go unnoticed for days or even weeks. But
the effect on vision could be permanent.
Parents should instruct their children
never to point or aim a laser directly at
anyone or gaze into the laser beam
When purchasing toys that incorporate
lasers, look for lableing that states the
levels of radiation and light produced do
not exceed a Class 1 laser, which is the
lowest level of lasers regulated by the FDA.
Learn more about 3-D vision at 3D University
Parents Cautioned About
Nearsightedness may result from
spending too much time indoors.
More kids are becoming nearsighted. One
comon factor seems to be the time they spend
indoors looking at electronic devices (smart
phones, computers, TV).Too much time spent
focusing at close distances can lead to tired
eyes, headaches, blurred vision, and an
increased risk for the development of
The American Optometric Association
recommends kids follow the 20-20-20 rule. Take
a 20 second break every 20 minutes by looking
at something 20 feet or more in the distance.
Encourage your child to turn off the electronic
devices and get outside to play. And be sure to
schedule an annual vision examination to
diagnose and treat any developing vision
Vision Problems in Children
In a studypublished in the journal Optometry & Vision Science
(January 2017), researchers reported that children who suffer a
concussion may experience vision problems that can affect their
school work. A common vision problem that can develop
following a concussion is convergence insufficiency, which makes
it difficult for a child to coordinate his or her eyes together.
If symptoms of a concussion persist for 10 or more days after the
injury, it's recommended that children receive a comprehensive
eye and vision examination.