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Importance of pinpointing vision disorders in children

Vision problems affect 25 percent of school-age children. If left undiagnosed, this issue can have a profound negative impact on a child's academic success.

That's why early intervention is key. And now there's an innovative and somewhat controversial approach to correcting poor vision.

About five to 10 percent of children have eye focusing and eye coordination problems. And these problems can lead to making schoolwork really challenging for children. They can have blurred vision, double vision, they can lose their place while they are reading, which makes their schoolwork very challenging.

Vision therapy is a series of exercises or activities that are programmed and monitored by an optometrist. The therapy is designed to improve deficient visual skills. But typically it's just optometrists that provide vision therapy. So if a child is seeing a pediatrician or another eye care professional, they are not always willing to refer their patients to optometry to have vision therapy because they are always saying there was no evidence to support that vision therapy was effective.

Kids with vision problems don't always display obvious signs, so you have to see the symptoms clearly, some of which include:

  • poor performance in school compared to peers
  • closing or covering one eye
  • using a finger in order to maintain one's place while reading

So if you know of a child who displays these signs, you want to get them a comprehensive eye exam as soon as possible.

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