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Vision and Learning: 6 Links to Help Parents Keep Summer Learning in SIGHT!

Vision and Learning: 6 Links to Help Parents Keep Summer Learning in SIGHT!

August rolls around again, and with it comes Vision and Learning Month.  This year’s theme is “Keep Summer Learning In Sight,” and with it we’re providing a number of links from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) to help parents prevent summer learning loss and have fun at the same time.

What is Vision and Learning Month?

Vision and Learning Month was first declared in 1995. The overall goal, as noted by the COVD, is to “help increase awareness among parents and educators on the prevalence of undiagnosed or misdiagnosed vision problems.

The COVD a non-profit, international membership association of eye care professionals that includes optometrists, optometry students, and vision therapists. We’ve included some links to resources they’ve made available on Vision and Learning Month 2017.

1. State of Wisconsin and 10 Wisconsin Cities Declare August Vision and Learning Month

Every year, the State of Wisconsin and a number of Wisconsin cities recognize the importance of the connection between vision and learning. Both the state and those cities issue proclamations declaring August Vision and Learning Month.  Participating cities include:

Green Bay
New Berlin
West Allis

State of Wisconsin Proclamation

Click here to see all of the Wisconsin proclamations.

2. The Scope of Vision Problems in the United States

As this infographic reveals, 1 in 10 children has a vision problem that is significant enough to impact learning.  Unfortunately, typical vision screenings can miss at least 50% of vision problems.

The Vision & Learning Connection

Most often missed are problems that affect the three primary functional visual skills: Eye movements, eye teaming, and eye focusing.

3. The 17 Visual Skills to Succeed in Reading, Learning, Sports and Life

Even if you have 20/20 eyesight, you may have functional visual skills that are impaired.  Check out a list of the 17 visual skills you need to succeed in reading, learning, sports and life!

17 Visual Skills

4. Adults are Affected, Too

Adults with undiagnosed vision problems can be treated, too.  Most adults don’t realize they have a functional vision problem, as they’ve learned to compensate (as best they can) for the issue.

Their lives can be dramatically improved with vision therapy! In fact, vision therapy is often more effective for adults because they are usually more motivated to improve their visual skills.

Take a look at an interactive adult patient’s journey through vision therapy.

Adult's Journey Through Vision Therapy

5. Infant Exams, Pre-School Vision Exams and Exams for School Age Children

A functional vision exam from a developmental optometrist is critical for detecting problems in the visual skills listed above in children (and adults) of all ages.  This video of Piper getting her glasses for the first time is a perfect example.

Check out why exams are so important for children at different ages, including a timeline of your child’s visual development.

6. What Kind of Toys Your Children Can Play With During the Summer (and School) Months

Check out this page full of “VISIONary” toys from the COVD -- and how they improve your child’s vision.  Every year we also compile a list of vision-friendly toys for your kids.

VISIONary Toys

Join us in helping make people aware of Vision and Learning Month!  For more information, download our Vision and Learning Guide below!

Download Free Vision  And Learning Guide

Posted by   The Vision Therapy Center, Reviewed by Dr. Kellye Knueppel

The content in this post created was written by professional writers and then reviewed and edited for medical accuracy by Dr. Kellye Knueppel of The Vision Therapy Center.   Learn more about Dr. Knueppel's medical background