Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August is National Children’s Vision and Learning Month

August is National Children’s Vision and Learning Month

Here in my state, NJ - Governor Christie has proclaimed this month (August 2012) Children's Vision and Learning Month for the state of NJ.  (See proclamation Left).  August was first declared National Children’s Vision and Learning Month in 1995. The goal of  this national observance is to help educate parents and educators about the critical link between vision and learning.

This isn't Rocket Science!  Vision impact Learning. 

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From the COVD: (College of  Optometrists in Vision Development) 
Learning is all about Vision; 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually. Unfortunately, studies show that only 31% of children ages 6 – 16 have an annual eye examination, and 70% of children under 6 have never had an eye exam. As a result 1 in 4 children will go back to school this year with an undiagnosed vision problem that could interfere with their ability to learn.

Saw this pic on FB -- it is very telling.
FACT:  One out of four children struggle with reading and learning unnecessarily because of undiagnosed vision problems. In addition, approximately 60% of problem learners have undiagnosed vision problems contributing to their difficulties. 

As we embark on this back to school season it is import to schedule vision screening with a certified eye doctor for your child.  School screenings are a start, but they are not enough! 

  • Not sure where to start  in finding and eye doctor? You can find many pediatric eye docs at COVD and OEPF.     Ask about a Functional Vision Test as well as Perceptual Testing assessment. Remember - Learning goes BEYOND 20/20 vision.
  • Learn how to detect possible visual problems in a child or adult with vision quizzes and checklists on this page.

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