Why early screening matters

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Vision Screening | No Comments


We all take our children for pediatric visits and we all make sure they perform all of the routinary screenings and tests. It is a parent´s and society job to prevent our children from a poor development.

It´s not an easy job, and many times it is almost imposible to spot a problem early enough to actually do something.

As a parent, you do your best to be well informed and even with all of the due dilligence, you just can´t know it all. So what do you do?, ask the ones who knows.

But is that enough? What if actually, the one who knows forgot to include an eye test in the checklist. Or what if that eye test actually doesn´t include eye motor skills that your child WILL need in order to read and learn.

For you to have a better idea of what we mean, a motor skill test means a screening in which the opthalmologist/optometrist will check how your child is moving the both eyes together as a team. How is he/she focusing, converging to see a near object or diverging to see a further object, acommodating and reacting moving or random targets. All of the movements described are important and show how is the visual system capturing information that later on the brain will process in order to produce cognition and outputs like speech and language.

None of the above will be screened in a Vision Acuity test (the chart with the letters).

That is why, it is important that you know, and add this to your checklist. And if you have any other questions, remember we are here to help 😉




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