Facts About Vision for Children with Reading
LD and Dyslexia
Eighty percent of all we learn is acquired
visually. Reading is first and foremost a visual task. Comprehension
depends on many factors but a good visual input is the first requirement.
Some people will tell you "Reading is in
the brain, not in the eyes." That is partly true but most people
are not aware that the retinas in the eyes are a part of the brain.
In fact, they are the only moveable part of the brain.
Most eye tests for children only look for "20/20"
but that is not enough for reading. 20/20 means you can see small
objects clearly at a distance of twenty feet. But no one reads a
book at 20 feet.
- Comfortable and efficient reading requires many visual skills
- Good focus at twelve to fourteen inches
- Good control of the eye movements to keep your
- Good coordination of the eyes so they both
see the same thing
- Good awareness of the surroundings so the eyes
change lines correctly
NONE of these skills are tested in screenings
at school or at the pediatrician's office, nor are they tested in
most doctors' eye examinations.
Behavioral Optometrists make special tests of
all these skills to determine whether the eyes are ready to read.
Your child needs a full vision examination, with
tests of visual skills for near work:
- Before entering school
- Annually throughout the school and college years
- Any time there is a complaint about difficulty reading or seeing
- If the school performance falls off or the child avoids reading
- If the child is not performing up to his/her potential
Eighty percent of what we learn is acquired visually.
Don't let your child fall behind. Our office specializes in the
visual needs of children. We will be pleased to make appointment
now to evaluate your child's vision.