Chil­dren’s vi­sion

The Oban Times - - News - with John Wal­lace

Last month I dis­cussed binoc­u­lar vi­sion prob­lems and how many young­sters with read­ing prob­lems have un­di­ag­nosed sight dif­fi­cul­ties. As the school hol­i­days come to an end our thoughts, as par­ents, are on how we can best equip our chil­dren for the forth­com­ing school year. The oblig­a­tory trip to the shops for the school uni­form, new shoes and all the para­pher­na­lia nec­es­sary for our chil­dren to cope in school is es­sen­tial. But what if your young­ster can’t ac­tu­ally see clearly? How will they cope in school when they can’t see the class­room white board or read com­fort­ably?

With most in­for­ma­tion be­ing avail­able on­line, per­haps on a school por­tal or, more likely, via YouTube, chil­dren re­ally need to be able to read com­fort­ably if they are to achieve their full po­ten­tial at school or col­lege. They also need to see clearly in the dis­tance to per­form well in sports and in the class­room. One in five teenagers in the UK is now my­opic (short­sighted). Yet sur­pris­ingly very few chil­dren have reg­u­lar eye ex­am­i­na­tions. Be­cause poor vi­sion is an un­seen prob­lem most par­ents don’t think their child could have a vi­sion prob­lem. Even in schools, chil­dren who un­der­per­form are of­ten la­belled as po­ten­tially dyslexic rather than be­ing ad­vised to have an eye ex­am­i­na­tion.

As part of the preparation for the new school year, all chil­dren should have a com­pre­hen­sive eye ex­am­i­na­tion. There are a cou­ple of caveats I would ad­vise. If your child is strug­gling to read but has been told they are see­ing nor­mally it prob­a­bly in­di­cates a sub­tle, but sig­nif­i­cant, prob­lem with how their eyes work to­gether. Also, no par­ent should ever ac­cept ad­vice that rapidly in­creas­ing my­opia and ever stronger glasses is in­evitable. It is now pos­si­ble to dra­mat­i­cally re­duce the rate of my­opic in­crease in our chil­dren.

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