Friday, January 2, 2015

Vision Problems and the Struggling Student: AAO Position Paper

 Vision Problems and the Struggling Student

"Recent studies have provided new insights into disorders of eye focusing (accommodation) and eye teaming (vergence) that reinforce the need for comprehensive eye examinations and follow-up care for students who are struggling in school. These disorders may occur even when individuals have 20/20 eyesight, and can impact students when reading and studying. The typical student with an eye focusing or eye teaming disorder will often experience fatigue, loss of place when reading, and difficulty completing assignments.

Other common symptoms include skipping small words, rereading sentences, inserting words that do not exist in the text, and experiencing decreasing comprehension the longer that he or she reads. Teachers and parents are often at a loss to explain the source of a student’s problems. The difficulties that they observe may not fit exclusively into the currently accepted categories of problems that adversely impact a student’s 
school performance such as a specific learning disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or language-based dyslexia. Parents, teachers and other professionals often have several common questions when seeking information about disorders of eye focusing and eye teaming....."

Comment: I find it somewhat contradictory that the AAO can publish a paper recommending vision screenings as being adequate for our children when all the research strongly suggests only full eye examinations will do. This position paper by the AAO also supports full, comprehensive eye and vision examinations as well. DM

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