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Vision and Eyesight

Eyesight is simply the ability to see something clearly, the so-called 20/20 eyesight (as measured in a standard eye examination with a Snellen chart). Vision goes beyond eyesight and can best be defined as the understanding of what is seen. Vision involves the ability to take incoming visual information, process that information and obtain meaning from it.

Two general statements can be made about vision. First, vision is learned. A child learns to see just like he learns to walk and talk. When learning to walk and talk, he has the added opportunity of imitating his parents and siblings. In addition, parents can observe their children to determine if walking and talking are developing properly. Vision development, however, generally proceeds without much concerned awareness on the part of parents. Because of these differences in development, no two people see exactly alike. Clear vision is critical to learning as approximately greater than 75% of all a child learns comes to him via the visual pathways. If there is any interference in those pathways, a child will not develop to his maximum potential.

Tell-tale signs of possible vision problems:

If you notice any of these symptoms, your child should be taken to an eye care professional for an exam.

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