Vision and Learning

The kids are back in school! If your child is struggling in school, but you cannot put a finger one why, schedule an appointment today for a comprehensive eye exam!
1 in 4 children have a Learning Related Vision Problem that is often times undetected.

If you’re an educator and would like to learn more about how to help your students, Dr. Lee is available for presentations on the link between vision and learning for parent/teacher groups. Send an email to info[at]drclaudialee[dot]com or call the office at (905) 666-4848 to get your group on the calendar, as spaces on PD days for this academic year 2015-16 will fill up fast!

Here’s a really great video on vision and learning, with perspectives from optometrists, teachers, patients, and parents.

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Get Ready for Back To School With an Eye Exam!

Don’t forget an eye exam on the back-to-school list to make sure your child is equipped to reach his/her full learning potential!
1 in 4 kids suffer from a vision problem which can learning. Children are covered for a yearly eye exam by OHIP, and the first check-up should be done at 6 months to make sure the eyes are developing well. They don’t need to be able to read letters for the assessment.
Thanks to the Eye See Eye Learn program for students entering JK, glasses are provided at no charge to the parent if they are needed. Call the office for more info.
Watch the video at this link for more information about what to expect at your child’s eye exam!
Eye Exams Should Be On Back-To-School To-Do List

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Vision Therapy for Strabismus and Amblyopia

July has been a busy month! Dr Lee was away for a bit to get caught up on the latest research for treating eye turns (strabismus) and lazy eye (amblyopia). Patching is old news – it helps turn the brain “on” to use the non-dominant eye, but it doesn’t teach the brain how to use both eyes together. New research shows that binocular training (vision therapy to train the use of both eyes together) can improve visual function beyond what was achieved with just patching alone! Developmental optometrists have been treating strabismus and amblyopia this way for a long time, but the results are just now becoming more well-known among neuroscientists as well. Very exciting progress! Improvements are possible even if you’ve tried patching in the past. Ask Dr. Lee for more information

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Eye Exams for Babies and Nonverbal or Special Needs Patients

This 10-month old baby is so happy after putting on her first pair of glasses! She can’t stop smiling when she sees her parents clearly for the first time 🙂
Babies can’t tell you if there’s something wrong with their vision. That’s why you should have your children’s eyes checked starting at 6 months of age. An optometrist can use handheld instruments to determine how the light focuses in their eyes, so young patients and patients with special needs can be examined without having to read the letter chart. Yearly eye exams are crucial to ensure that development is on the right track!

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Child With “20/20” Eyes Can Still Have Trouble Copying From The Board

Here’s how a child with “20/20” eyes can still have trouble at school with things like copying from the board! (from the VisualLearningCenter.com)

A child may have “20/20″ clear eyesight but may also lack the ability to refocus from near to far and from far to near. As the child looks down at his paper to read or write, he may see clearly. After he is looking at the board for some time, he can see clearly too. However, looking up and down, back and forth, from the board to the paper might be where the difficulty comes into play.

Another vision problem that would make it difficult for your child to copy from the board at school is poor eye teaming. Eye teaming, known in functional optometry as “binocular vision skills,” refers to the ability for the two eyes to work together as a team. If both eyes are not moving at the same time in the same direction, a child will struggle to look up at the board, down at her paper, and back again without experiencing visual fatigue and tiring quickly.

Your child could also have poor eye movements, such as tracking and pursuits.Tracking eye movement skills help the child “locate” the words on the board and then locate the space on the paper where they are to place their print. A child with poor tracking skills loses her place often, and getting lost frequently is frustrating and tiring.

[Excerpt]    Read more at the VisualLearningCenter.com

 

A program of Vision Therapy can improve eye teaming, eye tracking, and focusing skills.

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