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
"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 50 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 better.
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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