AZ/IL: Tips for Kids' Vision for Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
August 06, 2014
by Office of Communications
August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month, and Midwestern University's faculty experts from the Arizona College of Optometry have some tips that can help your kids be ready for another school year.
- Worried about potential learning problems? Try an eye exam first. Alicia Feis, O.D., Assistant Director of Clinical Rotations at the Midwestern University Eye Institute, notes, "Because vision and learning are so intimately connected, vision problems can be easily mistaken for learning problems. Correctable vision issues are often misdiagnosed as learning disabilities, ADHD, or dyslexia. As many as 40% of all children with learning disabilities have vision problems and are misdiagnosed. A complete eye exam done by an optometrist may help diagnose a vision-related learning issue."
- Want to see that last summer blockbuster in 3D? Make sure your eyes are ready for it. Some kids (and adults too!) don't like seeing movies in 3D because it can make their eyes or head hurt. Often this is because the eyes might not be working together as well as they could. Vision therapy might be the answer. "Every person is different," says Dr. Feis, "but the change in kids who receive the proper treatment is like night and day. They had convinced themselves that that was just how their eyes were supposed to work. After treatment, they realize there are so many more opportunities open to them."
- Is your child preparing for school sports? Sports vision training can help. From hand-eye coordination to making sure kids have the proper protective eyewear, Midwestern University's Eye Institute has resources that will help young athletes have a winning season.
Contact the Midwestern University Eye Institute at (623) 537-6000 and find out how our faculty and students can help you keep your eyes clear and bright.
The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not for use in diagnosing any condition. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment and does not establish a provider/patient relationship. Always consult your own physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions regarding any possible medical condition.