Uploaded on Dec 9, 2010
Dr, Holly Adams of the eyecarecenter speaks on Children's vision:
Crisp, clear and comfortable vision is critical to a child's performance in the classroom and to future academic success. According to the Vision Council of America, 1 in 4 children has a vision problem that can interfere with learning and behavior. And in our juvenile detention centers and correctional facilities that number is 1 in 2.
This clearly indicates that vision problems could be confused or misdiagnosed as behavioral problems.
Half of all American children have not had a comprehensive eye exam. A simple vision screening will not detect all of the potential visual concerns
80% of a child's learning occurs through their eyes
Their vision is critical to future successes and performance in the classroom. So when it comes to school we have to help our children make the grade
Unfortunately, in today's classrooms, there is so much "visual noise"! The classrooms of today are very different from those in the past. Classrooms have whiteboards now instead of blackboards
Whiteboards, when combined with fluorescent lighting and other glare-producing factors, can make it difficult for a child to see the board, even if they wear glasses
Also, the increasing presence of computers in the classroom in addition to projectors and other technology put a great deal of "digital drain" on your child's vision
Not only are our children in a visually noisy classroom, but their free time is consumed with video games, texting, TV and other visually demanding activities. In fact, the average child spends over eight hours per day in front of a screen.
This constant strain on their eyes will cause a great deal of discomfort and can inhibit their academic progress and performance. So what can you do to help your child?
I recommend that every child have a comprehensive eye exam before starting school. If your child currently wears glasses but refuses to wear them, or rubs their eyes or complains of headaches, these could all be indicators that you should see your eye doctor to make sure your child has lenses that will combat our digitally and visually demanding world. For more information about your child's vision, visit: www.eyecarecenter.com
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