Convergence Insufficiency Can Cause Problems At School

On January 30, 2018, 3 members of the CW Tech Robotarians from Southern Michigan made a presentation to the Michigan Senate Health Subcommittee in support of Senate Bill 411. The purpose of the bill is to screen kids earlier and more frequently for vision problems which can affect reading and learning. There is an emphasis on not only eye health, but also visual functioning, and it specifically mentions accommodation (focusing skills), eye movement skills, and convergence! Kevin Skorupa, Steven Chapman and Jared Martin speak on behalf of Kevin’s brother, who suffered from convergence insufficiency up until he was in grade 12. He suffered from headaches and double vision, and this had significant emotional impact on him as he struggled in school. He was held back a grade when his parents and teachers could not identify the source of the problem, and he was often punished for not finishing his schoolwork, which resulted in him missing out on extracurricular activities and sports. Fortunately, his parents heard about Convergence Insufficiency and took him to a Developmental Optometrist, where he was treated with vision therapy. His headaches and double vision were eliminated, and he was able to make the honour roll at school!
In the video below, these bright, young men do a very good job of describing this condition and the impact it can have on a person’s life and family. Thank you for your hard work in bringing awareness to this type of vision problem!

Video: The VisionHelp Blog


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Vision problems linked to reading problems

A new Canadian study finds that many elementary school children who read below grade level have challenges with their eyesight — even if *standard* tests say their vision is 20/20.

Children with accommodative issues have trouble focusing or have trouble changing their focus from one distance to another. Those with vergence issues have difficulty turning their eye in or out (eye movements often required for reading). Children with oculomotor issues have trouble with eye tracking and may lose their place when reading. Seeing 20/20 is not everything!

A complete binocular vision assessment is not always part of a standard vision test. That is why a Visual Skills Assessment should be part of the investigation for any student with reading difficulties! Call us for more information (905) 666-4848

 

The study from University of Waterloo: Eye Exams Linked to Kids’ Reading Level

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Ski Jumping Requires Good Vision

Ever wonder why there are little plants at the bottom of the ski jump hill? They’re there to give the jumpers a depth perception boost and help them maintain awareness of where they are in relation to the ground.

Such advanced visual skills are required to perform at this level of athletic ability! 😍 Imagine how quickly they have to make those calculations about their position in space in relation to the hill!

Learn more about vision and sports at covd.org/sports

 

Read more here: Here’s why there are tiny green plants at the bottom of the ski jump hill

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Free Family Skate!

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Whitby Vision Care and Brooklin Vision Care are hosting a FREE FAMILY SKATE this Sunday at Legends Centre Oshawa!! Come on Feb 4th between 1-2:30pm 😀

Thanks for all your support!! We love seeing you and are so happy to serve this community

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