Another word of advice comes from a recent family advice column from the Washington Post, where the writer said:
how well your son can see, it usually takes a developmental or behavioral optometrist to tell you how well his eyes are working when he reads or when he looks back and forth from the blackboard to the printed page. Some children get headaches because they can’t focus well or their vision is blurry, but they don’t complain because they think that heads are supposed to hurt or that the world is a blur for everyone.
If your son has these or other vision problems, don’t despair. Vision therapy is to the eyes what physical therapy is to the body, and it’s effective 90 percent of the time. He’ll just have to wear special glasses for a little while every day, do some eye exercises every day and maybe play a couple of video games. To learn more, go towww.covd.org, the Web site for the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Visual processing is the main brain function allowing normal perception of what is being viewed. Ophthalmologists as well as patients must realize that with normal 20/20 eyesight interpretation of what is seen may be dysfunctional because of faulty brain processing of that which is seen by normal eyes. Abnormal Visual Processing as well as auditory processing disorders eventually lead directly to learning disorders in children and young adults.
The study also emphasizes and important point. Just because a child can see clearly or has 20/20 vision, does not mean that her entire visual system (including the brain) is functioning properly. For eye doctors to say that nothing is wrong with a child just because she does not need glasses, gives the child and her parents a false and dangerous sense of security. Moreover, it is irresponsible for a professional to say that there is nothing wrong with a patient when all tests have not been performed. For that reason, we advocate that only a comprehensive eye examination with a full developmental vision investigation should be performed on a child and "quick-and-dirty" school screenings are not much help and may even be harmful for what they miss.
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