Tuesday, April 3, 2012

'My child gets vision screenings at school, isn't that good enough?'

The title of this blog is a question we hear everyday in our office. To answer the question, “No, that isn't enough!” Children need a full comprehensive eye exam as early as six months. I have mentioned this in previous posts but I want to make sure we are on the same page. If you think about it, vision really is more than seeing 20/20. How are the eyes working together? How is your depth perception? How is your coordination? How is the alignment of the eyes? Finally, how are your visual perceptual skills? These are things we look for at Nashville Vision Therapy.

We are not all about a quick fix. We want to get to the root of every issue that we come across with each patient. You’d be amazed to learn what happens when the eyes don't move together - processing information is more difficult, coordination is lacking, hand writing is tiring, daily headaches, and more.

Many parents believe that school vision screenings are sufficient care for their children's eyes, but this is not true. My advice for every parent or guardian is schedule your child a comprehensive eye exam, be in touch with your child’s teachers, and find out where/if your child is struggling.

Let me leave you with this fact - 1 in 4 children have a vision problem that interferes with learning that a school screening does not detect. Let's work together and spread the word about how vision affects learning and have your child receive a comprehensive exam yearly.

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