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 can help.
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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
Is your child visually ready to learn?
How much do you know
about children's vision
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 and learning.
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
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
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purposes only. They are not meant to diagnose or treat any eye or vision
problems. Consult your family physician or eye doctor regarding any
medical or vision problem.
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Watching 3-D Movies May Detect Vision Problems
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