Vision Issues

vision issues in children, glasses

Vision is one of our main sensory system we rely on. There are 100 million impulses in the brain and 80% of those are received through the visual system. What most people don’t know is that vision goes far beyond just how clear a picture or word is. We use our vision to form perceptions of our environment, it allows us to have depth perception and impacts our spatial awareness.

  • 1 in 4 children have visual issues
  • 75% increase in convergence problems and myopia with COVID and increased use of technology
    • Convergence occurs when moving our eyes from something far to something near. Example, copying from the board- moving eyes from board to paper at desk
    • An increase in convergence and nearsightedness have increased with the increased use of screens (tablets, phones, TV, computer)
  • Excessive rubbing or blinking of eyes
  • Complaints of headache
  • Leaning head in close to see
  • Clumsy, bumps into things
  • Difficulty with reading and writing
  • Difficulty copying or reading from the board
  • Difficulty attending to task and staying focused
  • Fatigues easily during homework time
  • Difficulty locating items in a busy background (ex. fridge or pantry)
  • Difficulty with memorization of letters and numbers
  • Binocular Vision Dysfunction: Occurs when the eyes do not team together in a perfectly synchronized manner.
  • Refractive Errors: These include nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.
  • Lazy Eye (Amblyopia): Reduced vision in one eye, often due to a misalignment of the eyes or a significant difference in refractive error between the two eyes.
  • Strabismus: Misalignment of the eyes, where they do not point in the same direction.
  • Color Vision Deficiency: Difficulty in perceiving certain colors.

Vision problems can affect a child’s ability to read and write. It can create double vision, tracking issues where a child loses their placement while reading or writing affecting reading comprehension and speed. It can create difficulties with attention, writing with good alignment (staying within the lines on a page), spelling and math.

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