Vision is much more than seeing 20/20 on a chart that is across the room. For many students, the struggle occurs when they try to do near point tasks especially in stressful situations.
Remember your hours of math homework that you just didn’t get? Now, think about trying to get it done when the numbers are double or floating around the page. Would you sit down and pay attention or would you avoid that task?
At Springfield Family Vision we try to get to the root to the problem. If your child is having difficulties during near point tasks it could be caused from a host of issues. The eye is only one part of the visual system. We need to check not only refractive error, but also the eye’s focusing system, eye muscle teaming, and visual processing.
Although your child may not have nearsightedness or farsightedness, sometimes eyeglasses for kids are needed. These glasses may make it easier to focus at near and may help change the way the eyes perceive the task.
Vision therapy may be a tremendous help to your child. These activities will help to teach your child how to use their eyes and brain correctly and to understand what they see. Like many skills, visual skills are developed and can be improved through proper therapeutic techniques. Repetition of these techniques can enhance vision by coordinating and improving eye tracking, focusing ability and by straightening the alignment of their eyes.