Benjamin Yanofsky, OD, FAAO
Good vision is an important part of education. Many experts believe 80 percent of learning is done through a child’s eyes. Reading, computer usage and chalkboards/smartboards are all part of visual tasks students perform every day. Because a child’s eyes are always used in the classroom, his/her learning and classroom participation will suffer if their vision is not working properly.
Good vision includes visual acuity, eye health, visual integration and visual skills such as eye teaming, eye focusing and eye motility.
Remember, a school vision or pediatrician’s screening is not a substitute for a thorough eye examination. A vision screening is intended to help identify children with eye or vision problems that threaten sight or impair the ability to develop and learn normally. Vision screenings cannot be used to diagnose an eye or vision problem, but are used to indicate the need for further evaluation. Specialized equipment and procedures, which are not available as a part of a vision screening program, are needed to adequately evaluate a child’s eye and vision status.