Governor Chris Christie has once again proclaimed August as Children’s Vision & Learning Month in NewJersey; a time when awareness is brought to the important relationship between healthy eyes and the ability to learn and thrive in school.
Earlier this week, the Miami Herald reported on a recent study that found “more than 174,000 U.S. children ages 3 to 5 were visually impaired in 2015, with the largest number of cases among Hispanic children.” Children’s Vision and Learning Month aims to educate parents on how this problem can be avoided or resolved with a simple, annual visit to an optometrist.
The article goes on to say: Of the overall cases, 69 percent arose from simple uncorrected refractive errors, which include myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism (blurry vision up close, far away or both).
Parenting and lifestyle blogger Honey & Lime recently teamed up with the American Optometric Association to discuss back-to-school eye exams and described her kids visit to the optometrist as “quick, painless, and affordable.” The post also addresses good vision outside of the classroom:
My kids play sports, and they’re pretty good at what they do. In order for my baseball playing son to pitch down the line and hit that ball with the bat, he has to have good vision, as well as distance and depth perception to do so. Just like hitting a baseball, kicking a soccer ball, playing tether ball, wall ball, four square, and dribbling and shooting a basketball all require good hand-eye coordination. According to the AOA, “A child’s brain learns how to use the eyes to see, the same way it uses its mouth to form words. The longer a vision problem goes undiagnosed or untreated, the more a child’s brain learns to adapt to the vision problem. Uncorrected vision problems can create obstacles for children and make it harder for them to reach their full potential.”
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