Children’s Vision and Development: What You Need To Know

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Vision is a sense that you depend on each and every day. Everything from checking your phone, completing a day at your job, and even walking down the street is dependent on your ability to visually assess what’s around you. Similarly, children rely on vision every day but in a much different way; they use their eyes to both interpret the world around them and to learn a great deal from it. In fact, it is believed that around 80% of children’s learning is obtained visually. Therefore, vision is heavily relied upon for natural development in a number of areas including reading, body language, behaviour, and many others. It is thus understandable why vision problems can hinder a child’s ability to properly develop and learn from their environment. Vision problems need to be caught as early as possible to minimize their effects. 

Vision and Learning

Despite the general awareness of the existence of vision problems like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism, only 6% of parents realize that vision problems can be linked to difficulty or problems at school. This means that 94% of vital care givers could be unaware of one of the best solutions to difficulties learning: a proper eye examination.  Moreover, 60% of learning disabilities are found to be associated with vision problem. Therefore, those who are suspected to have ADD or ADHD should also have an eye examination in order to determine if vision is a contributing factor. The ability to see and read properly makes it a lot easier for children to focus, learn, and explore their educational horizon. 

Vision and Coordination

Many vision problems can greatly affect depth perception, which in turn can negatively impact a child’s life. For instance, it may make it difficult to perform athletically if you can’t distinguish how far away objects are from you – imagine trying to hit a baseball if you can’t tell how far away it is. Development of coordination is extremely dependent on vision so if there are problems then coordination will be effected. In fact, many children with poor vision are clumsy and face a number of minor injuries as a result of this lack of coordination. 

Signs of Vision Difficulties in Children

There are a number of different indications that children may have an eye problem. As a parent you most likely notice strange things that your kids do so you should trust your instincts if you feel that something may be off. If a child is squinting to try and view things or attempts to see things by covering or closing one of their eyes then that may be a clear indication. Furthermore, children having difficulty reading may bring books unusually close to their faces or hold them in an unusual position in order to try and make it easier. This is often accompanied by difficulty keeping their place while reading (poor tracking skills) and can even lead to headaches. Other signs include tilting of the head to one side, excessive eye rubbing, and overall clumsiness. 

In essence, children require healthy vision to develop and learn properly. At Buda vision we provide quality eye examination for children and carry a variety of frames for children. We are dedicated to providing quality service in a welcoming and warm environment that your children will feel comfortable in. Contact us to find out more about our children’s vision care.

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