Not seeing eye to eye
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#1 Aug 14, 2008
great article. i'm a teacher and i can tell you first hand that those screening they used to do are worthless!
#2 Aug 14, 2008
I think it's a great idea. I wasn't diagnosed as being nearsighted until I was in the fourth grade. Children are very adaptable, and if they don't see correctly at a young age, the compensate for it to the point that their poor vision can be overlooked by adults. Also, since they've never seen correctly, they don't know they have poor vision and cannot relate this fact to adults.
#3 Aug 14, 2008
#4 Aug 14, 2008
I have a kindergartner starting this year, and I will pass on the test.
After a recent screening, my pediatrician said an exam was unwarranted, and I haven't seen any evidence that my child's vision is impaired.
I'll rely on the advice of pediatrician, and my own common sense as a parent, rather than the state legislature. Thanks anyway.
#5 Aug 14, 2008
I'm on the same boat with CWM.
My kids are fine, and that's final.
#6 Aug 15, 2008
I’m shocked a pediatrician would say an eye exam is “unwarranted.” Don’t believe a word.
I thought my kids’ eyes were fine until they had eye exams. Did you know four-out-five of my children have vision problems?
My pediatrician finally admitted that he doesn’t have the time nor training to do a proper “eye check-up.” I wish all doctors would do the same.
The AAP should be recommending eye exams, not discouraging them. Vision screenings are inadequate.
Parents…have your child’s eyes examined. It’s a smart idea.
#7 Aug 15, 2008
Those who say comprehensive eye examinations are not needed because the pediatrician offers an in office screening or that the school does a screening really do a major disservice to those children that they are suppose to serve....as noted above by Mrs Hughes, who has a daughter that was 'screened' but ended up with major eye problems,...screenings are NOT enough. When you consider the personal cost to a child with high refractive error, amblyopia, strabismus or other eye problems and the adverse affect these eye problems have on the child's quality of life, I am very concerned that those against this law may actually have other agendas they are trying to push to the detriment of the chil. Shame on them. If you are a parent, take your child for their dental check up, take your child for their school physical and take your child to your eye doctor for a complete eye examination. Aren't they worth it?
Dominick M. Maino, OD, MED, FAAO, FCOVD-A MainosMemos.blogspot.com
#8 Aug 15, 2008
Studies indicate that 80% of what we learn comes through our eyes, and 1 in 4 school aged children has an undetected vision disorder. I can't think of a more important thing to have "school-ready" than a child's vision.
School screenings do an excellent job of catching children that are nearsighted, but it is much more difficult to catch a child that is farsighted or has a hard time using their eyes together as a team. These children can see 20/20 perfectly, but may be working 4X harder then the child sitting next to them to accomplish it and have a hard time sustaining that clear vision.
Many end up with eye strain and headaches following school work, and therefore learn to dislike school and reading.
If a child is having to work really hard to keep things clear and single, it definitely becomes more difficult for them process and retain what they are supposed to be learning. It also makes it hard to sit still in class and behave.
A comprehensive vision evaluation by a trained professional can only help have kids ready for school and prepared to do their best.
Hopefully this law can become better accepted through education on why comprehensive exams are needed.
Danelle F. Moch, OD
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