All 92 days of January is finally over and the kids are back in a routine at school (sort of…) If you notice your child struggling with reading, read more about vision related learning problems in the second part of this newsletter.
Do you have old spectacles you do not use anymore? Why not donate them? Drop them of at reception De Jongh Optometry @ 886 Rubenstein Drive, Moreleta Park and we will send them to the Lion’s Club. They assist with free spectacles and eye care to the less fortunate. Don’t throw away your old spectacle cases. Here is how to re-use them in the most creative ways:-
- Reuse for Mani-Pedi Set
- Storage for Ear Buds
- Make a Clutch Purse
- Hold crayons, paper Clips, safety pins or rubber bands
- Store Flashdrives
- Make a Small Sewing Kit or Organize Sewing Kit Items
- To Keep Pocket Change in Purse or in the Car
- Store Hair Accessories Such as Scrunchies and Bobby Pins
- Store Keys so They Don’t get Lost
- Store Jewellery, Great for Traveling
- Store Small Game Pieces
- Store Smaller Medical Equipment like Inhalers or Insulin
- Store Scissors
- Use as a Mini-Tool Kit in your purse
- Handy for golf balls and tees.
- Store earphones or phone chargers
- Store pens and note pads
- Store camping cutlery
Signs And Symptoms Of Vision-Related Learning Problems
Frequent headaches or eye strain
Blurring of distance or near vision, especially after reading
Avoidance of close work or other visually demanding tasks
Poor depth perception
Turning of an eye up or down, in or out
Tendency to cover or close an eye
Dislike or avoidance of reading and close work.
Eye teaming and tracking, as well as perceptual issues can manifest as Dyslexia, such that words, letters and numbers appear to move or jump on a page. What often gets overlooked is that even with 20/20 vision (whether with corrective lenses or not), the problems with reversing symbols, words, and numbers can remain. Numerous children and adults have un-diagnosed or untreated vision disorder that can be effectively treated or mitigated through Vision Therapy. Of course, true dyslexia can still be present after vision disorders are resolved, but often what was thought of as dyslexic symptoms can be reduced or disappear entirely once the underlying perceptual vision issues (e.g.eye teaming and tracking) are addressed with Vision Therapy.
As the parent, guardian, or family member, once you have an idea of the actual cause of the eye issue, one is in a better position to take adequate precautions. The majority of vision-based reading and learning problems are often caused as a result of challenges in eye teaming, tracking, focusing, or visual processing. In a situation like this, the child will need developmental vision and vision therapy. If done correctly, one can anticipate improvement in the learning and reading performance of the child.
However, children who struggle with reading and learning in school or have ADHD should also have an in-depth vision evaluation. Our Carina Janzen will assess the core elements of the developmental vision during a comprehensive eye exam.
If you even suspect your child has a vision problem which perhaps is affecting school performance, do not hesitate to schedule a comprehensive eye exam to determine to what extent any problem exists. If learning-related vision problems are discovered, Carina will discuss available vision therapy programs and their relevance as a part of or holistic solution. Phone us to book a Children’s Vision Appointment / Learning Problem Appointment on 012 998 7592/3 or book online Click Here