This August marks 20 years since the start of public awareness on the connection between vision and learning. In 1995, President Bill Clinton declared the month of August as the National Children’s Vision and Learning Month.
With school just around the corner, it is highly recommended that parents schedule their children for a comprehensive eye exam with a developmental optometrist to rule out common visual problems that affect how the eyes work together. Vision screenings administered at school are not always sufficient to diagnose binocular dysfunction and many children can be symptomatic of eye problems without ever being diagnosed.
Below are two press releases from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) that discusses the negative impact of visual related problems on academic performance.