TeenagerSchool Age Children: 6 to 18 Years

It is estimated that as much as 80% of a child’s learning occurs through the eyes so good vision and visual skills are critical to success with learning. As children progress through the grades, their workload increases. In turn the demand they place on their focusing system and other visual systems increase. A deficit in one of these systems may greatly contribute to a learning delay. An example of such a deficit would be an accommodative disorder meaning an inability to properly focus the eyes. Even if a child with an accommodative disorder had the utmost desire to focus on a math or reading book for an extended time, he or she would not be physically able to do so because the eyes would fatigue so quickly. Their complaint of their eyes hurting or becoming tired quickly may be misinterpreted as an attempt to not do the work. Such cases have been incorrectly diagnosed as attention deficit disorder or ADD. What complicates this further is a side effect of some of these medications is reduction of the eye’s ability to focus. For this reason any child with this diagnosis should have a comprehensive eye examination with complete testing of their binocular vision and accommodative systems as we perform in our practice.

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School Age Children: 6 to 18 Years