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Q: What is Nation Children’s Vision and Learning Month?

Posted July 17, 2013 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: National Children’s Vision and Learning Month is a public awareness campaign throughout the month of August every year. This campaign is championed by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. This organization is the primary group dedicated to developmental optometry and vision therapy.

The goal of National Children’s Vision and Learning Month is to help raise awareness of the link between vision and learning. Vision is more than just being able to see 20/20. It involves eye movement skills, maintaining clear vision when reading or looking at the board or anywhere in between and having proper eye coordination. These skills are fundamental to reading, learning and essentially every activity a child encounters at school.

Some signs that a child may have a problem in these areas include headaches, double vision, loss of place when reading, skipping small words, turning small words or letters around, avoiding reading/near work and having a hard time copying from the board. At Child and Family Vision Center, we have the tools and training to diagnose and treat these vision issues, which are often missed by school screenings. As your child heads back to school, be sure to have a comprehensive eye exam to ensure he or she has the visual skills needed to succeed.

Information provided by Dr. Erik Romsdahl, Child and Family Vision Center, 2525 N. Ankeny Blvd., Suite 109, Ankeny, 964-7541.

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