Parents and teachers often settle for a vision screening at school or at the pediatrician’s office which
typically test distance vision only. But 20/20 distance vision is not enough. Undetected vision
problems can have a significant impact on all aspects of a child’s development. Most children don’t
complain about their vision because they don’t realize it is abnormal. They think everyone sees like
they do. Only a comprehensive eye exam from an eye doctor can accurately address and manage
vision problems. When certain visual skills have not been developed or are poorly developed, learning
is difficult and stressful. This can lead to:
- Poor attention in classroom if they are unable to see the blackboard.
- Avoidance of reading and other near work
- Have lowered level of comprehension or efficiency.
- Experience discomfort, fatigue, and short attention span.
- Misdiagnosis of behavioral issues such as ADHD.
Is your child going to play sports this year? Depth perception, peripheral vision, good central
vision, and safety are all important. Maybe polycarbonate safety glasses or contact lenses would be
appropriate. Dr. Groves can help with discussing the pros and cons of those options as well.
To read more about your child’s visual health and returning to school since COVID-19 click on the
link from the American Optometric Association.