parents recognize how vital
good vision is to their children's development. As
children grow and mature, over 80% of what they learn is processed through their
eyes. However, most people have a limited understanding of what good
vision means. Good vision involves much more than just seeing clearly
When most parents think about vision, they think about their child's clearness
of sight, or visual acuity--in other words, the sharpness of vision as measured
by the eye chart. When a child has 20/20 vision, it means that each of his
eyes can see what an average person sees at a distance of 20 feet. If a
child fails the eye chart test, he can get glasses or contacts to correct his
blurry vision. But the eye chart's use is limited to only checking a
child's sharpness of vision, usually measured at distance.
eye chart cannot test many other important visual skills that children need to
succeed in today's modern world, especially at school. For example, the
eye chart can't check how well children team or coordinate their eyes at the
close distances required for reading, how well they can track a line of print
without losing their place, how well they can adjust focus changes from near to
far distances, or how well they can understand and make sense of what they see.
These are problems glasses can't correct. Children can have good sharpness of vision (20/20) and still have serious
problems in these other areas.
only eye test most children have is a brief screening at school which only
checks their distance vision using the eye chart. Each year
thousands of children suffer from undetected vision problems that can make
school and life difficult.
In addition, children with crossed eyes and lazy eyes face especially
demanding challenges. Children with poor visual skills may
struggle to read, have short attentions, perform poorly in sports, develop low
self-esteem, and have doors closed to many future careers because of poor visual
your child at risk? A simple screening quiz can give you accurate
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