Functional Vision Problems Can’t Be Detected by Vision Screening
Did you know that 1 in 4 children have an undetected vision problem that affects their ability to learn? According to the American Association of Optometry vision screening was found to miss 73% of visual problems in children! It is feared that our reliance on vision screening may be too little, too late. The association goes on to explain that vision screening has plagued our education, serving as major contributive factors to children’s inability to perform and conform to the demands of school. A child lacking in visual skills may have problems reading, writing, or even behavioural issues even if they have so called “20/20 eyesight”.
Nearly all tasks a child is asked to perform in the classroom depend on good visual skills; visual skills that can only be assessed through a behavioural optometric eye exam. We don’t only assesses for clarity of vision, but also functional visual skills such as eye tracking, eye focussing, eye teaming, and visual information processing.
So is your child cool for school? has their ability to process visual information in the classroom been checked? Let our behavioural optometrists help you find out.