Friday, August 10, 2012

National Children's Vision & Learning Month

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By Terry Orr

I was 19, in the Navy, at my first duty station in Jacksonville, Florida when it was discovered the need for glasses.  Learning challenges were thought to be my inability to stay still and concentrate on things for very long (later in life learned about ADD), my vision issue might also have contributed.

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From the College of Optometrists in Vision Development: This August marks the seventh annual observance of the vital role vision plays in academic success. The message is simple: when children continue to struggle with reading despite all best efforts to help, vision disorders are often lurking below everyone's radar.

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While most schools assume they have ruled out vision problems by performing cursory vision screenings, vision screenings only detect approximately 5% of actual vision problems. Screenings have missed serious vision problems, such as Amblyopia (often referred to as lazy eye), as well as eye coordination problems such as convergence insufficiency.

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Current research shows that vision problems afflict millions of American children and thereby impact their ability to learn:

  • One in four school-age children has vision problems, according to the American Foundation in Vision Awareness
  • 18 million children will not have had eye examinations by a Doctor of Optometry or other certified vision care professional prior to entering school
  • 60 percent of students identified as “problem learners” have undetected vision problems, according to the American Optometric Association.

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The goal of this national observance is to help educate parents and educators about the critical link between vision and learning.

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Special request to all the parents and or guardians of our future – Please have their vision check this year.  Thank you.

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"We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision."

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