Is Your Child's Vision Developing Normally?
A Child Who Can't See Well,
May Not Think Well
Children learn about the world around them by using
the information gathered mainly by their eyes. Parents,
teachers and others who want to help a child develop
his/her full potential need to consider a child's vision
skills. Good vision is of vital importance, because
children grow up in a world that demands more of their
vision than any other sense.
"We cannot speak of vision and intelligence -
they are one and the same thing."
Vision therapy, also called visual training, is a program of visually-guided
exercises used to change and improve how a child sees. It enhances needed
visual abilities such as eye focusing, eye teaming, eye movements and visual
This statement was made over 60 years ago by a noted psychologist and
researcher on brain function, Ward C. Halstead, Ph.D. Dr. Halstead's profound
insight underscores the vital role of vision in thinking and learning. But even
today, the importance of good vision to a child's ability to read and learn is not
always fully appreciated.
Too often vision problems are thought to be due to the inability to focus images
properly on the back of the eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness, or
astigmatism. But the process of seeing doesn't stop at the back of the eye.
Visual information is sent to the brain from both eyes through the optic nerves.
Our brain matches these visual images with information from our other senses and
past experiences to allow us to understand what we see. That's why vision is said to
be a doorway to intelligence.
Seeing Better Can Mean Being Smarter
Eliminating a vision problem can open the door to enhanced learning potential.
When the barrier of a vision problem is removed, a child can respond more
effectively to learning in the classroom and at home.
Too many children are not succeeding in school because of problems getting their
eyes and brain to work together. Most often, these problems are not related to how
clearly they can see the board at the front to the classroom, but how well their eyes
and brain can acquire and process what they are seeing.
There is a saying in computer programming - garbage in, garbage out (GIGO). It is
no different with the visual information a child's brain receives. If poor vision
causes faulty data to be provided to the brain, thinking and learning will suffer.
Eye Training Can Help a Child to "See Smarter"
Training the eyes and brain "to see" helps children do better in school. A program
of eye exercises called vision therapy can train the eyes and brain to work together
Vision therapy successfully addresses eye-brain problems that affect how a
child's eyes acquire visual information and how the brain processes it. Once a
vision problem is corrected, the child can become a much better learner.
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