August is national Vision and Learning Month!
According to COVD (www.covd.org) August was declared Vision and Learning month in 1995. This is aimed to help parents, educators, and other health professionals understand the link between vision and its affect on learning.
A person can see 20/20 and still have vision issues. Acuity (or the ability to read a letter at a certain distance) is only one small piece to the puzzle. What happens when both eyes have to work together to make an image? Are they able to? Or does the brain get overwhelmed and shut down the information coming from one eye? There are SO MANY things that need to work perfectly together to get the information from the page into the brain. If any one of those pieces or parts goes astray learning can become much more difficult.
An estimated 25% of the population have some vision issue that is affecting the way they gather information and learn. TWENTY-FIVE percent!!! However, many of these problems are not found by traditional vision screenings, and are not correctable via surgery. The great news is that something can be done!
Vision therapy is available as a non-surgical route to help correct vision problems that affect learning. In office vision therapy has been proven over any other route at successfully treating one vision issue called Convergence Insufficiency.
If you would like to learn more about this, please attend one of our Vision Education Workshops. Contact us at 330-923-9951 for more information about the next workshop.