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Children’s Vision Month – Eye Am Ready for School

New adventures of a new school year bring excitement to many children.  A new school year can also bring challenges.

Did you know that 60% of children with reading difficulties have an undiagnosed or untreated vision problem?   Dr. Dianna Leong and Dr. Anh Bui try to get a good start to the school year. Vision is often missed as a roadblock to a child's ability to learn, since sight is different than vision.  Sight (20/20) is what the eyes see whereas vision relates to how we draw meaning from what we see.  A child may have the ability to see at 20 feet what a person should normally see at 20 feet (i.e.20/20 vision), but could still have problems with tracking words or focusing both eyes as a team.

How can you tell if your child needs help in building this visual ability?  There are many signs:  reversing words when writing or copying, confusion the same word in the same sentence and failing to visualize what is read, to name a few.  Fortunately, vision is developed in a sequence of stages, which means that vision can be trained and improved.

In this electronic generation, the visual demands on children's eyes are at an all time high.    If your child needs to use the computer to do their homework, find out about the damaging effect of high energy blue light, and protective blue blocker lens coatings to block the blue light from tablets, computers, and smart phones.   Ultra-violet light is an invisible hazard.  Children have more transparent lenses in their eyes and more sensitive skin on their bodies.  By age 20, the average person has received 80% of their life's UV exposure.   At Foresight Eyecare, we attempt to protect eyes for a lifetime by providing clear UV blocking prescription lenses for all kids.  Sunglasses, sports glasses and special kids glasses packages are available at our office for durability, lens loss or scratches and prescription changes.

Dr. Leong and Dr. Bui also provide special lenses for myopia control.   We have experienced success with Zeiss' Myovision lens since it came to Canada in 2012.   Special anti-fatigue lenses are also available to reduce eyestrain, and custom designed contact lenses can be adapted to use for myopia control.