August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
It is important to get your child a comprehensive eye exam once a year instead of relying on a quick vision screening. 60% of vision problems are missed by screenings alone.
The eye exams check for:
- Near and farsightedness
- Color blindness
- Lazy eye
- Crossed eyes
- Eyelid drooping
80% of material taught in classrooms is visual.
Some signs of vision problems include disinterest in seeing objects that are far away, lack of interest in reading, eyes that wander, squinting or unusual head movements. Not only does vision problems affect academics, but also recreational activities such as sports.
Glasses, contact lenses and surgery can correct near and far-sightedness, but if vision problems go on for long enough, it can cause damage in the eye nerves and brain that may be irreversible and may cause severe damage.
Children with visual impairments use their hands as their main tool to use for sensory information.
There are low, mid and high levels of assistive technologies that can help aid persons with visual impairments.
Glasses, magnifying glasses, braille, books on tape, cane, color coding (highlighters, colored paper, etc)
Talking devices, speed or voice dial options on the phone