We start the year with a look into children’s vision. A lot of schools offer vision screening for grade 1s, but enough don’t. Vision is often a neglected part of children’s health, unless the problems are obvious. It is very important to have your child’s eyes regularly examined to detect any problems which may affect their development and success in class.

Often children are misdiagnosed as having attention disorders, when the actual problem is eye related. Issues with eye movements can result in difficulty reading, problems with accommodation (focusing) will manifest as avoidance of reading and poor concentration. Nearsightedness will result in them not being able to copy from the board simply because they can’t see what’s written.

Detection and correction of any of these conditions will enable the child’s brain to develop properly, in order to prevent them from developing a condition called Amblyopia (lazy eye), which we will discuss in more detail later.

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