Your child's eyes are special
Early detection of issues is key
Often Children may not be aware that there is an issue with their vision or may not be able to explain their vision difficulties.
Results can last a lifetime
Children's Eye Exams
Signs that your child may have a problem with their vision
- Complaining of not being able to see the board/Tv
- The eye turning in or out
- Holding things close to their face
- Eye rubbing/blinking
- Difficulty in maintaining focus while reading
Richard specialises in School vision. School vision is a branch of Optometry which studies the relationship between visual performance and reading. This branch of Optometry is particularly helpful for young patients with Visual stress including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, DCD and ADHD. The theory behind School vision is outlined below:
The predominant visual skill in reading is aiming. Since the reading distance is generally fixed, aiming is carried out by the ‘Dominant Eye’. Without stable dominance attention will continually swap from one eye to the other. At the moment of swapping, letters will seem to shift position, causing you to lose your place in a sentence. School vision seeks to stabilise the dominant eye through the use of spectacles.
When your child reads, their eyes are busy aiming at the words. The aiming should be handled by one dominant eye. If neither eye is obviously dominant then both will try to share the task and your child’s attention will swap from one eye to the other. When this happens the letters on a page appear to move, in this case you may see your child following the sentence with their finger.
Richard has had great success with spectacles in these cases. For a school vision appointment please call our Knocknacarra branch.
The comparative rate of reading speed test (CRST) also measures the relative effect of serif and non-serif characters on different types of visual deficiency.
It appears by applying established eye testing techniques specifically at the reading distance we can cause a positive effect on the rate of character recognition; people, most importantly children, read faster and more accurately.
The principles of schoolvision are simple but the effect is profound. In research we found that 60% of the children in a deprived area of Wolverhampton had the predisposing signs of dyslexia.
It is quite likely that dyslexia is part of the normal human condition and the reason it has become such a concern to society is the increasing demand of technology and the dependence on reading skills. All this has happened in very recent times and as a hunter-gatherer species we may simply not have evolved to cope with all this activity 30 centimetres from our nose.
The breakthrough in the understanding of eye dominance and dominance type (Type 1 right eye dominant, right hand and foot also dominant. Type 2 anyone with a tendency to left dominance in eye hand or foot) came from research in two sports, tennis and clay pigeon shooting; this lead to the proposition of the two primary occupational visual skills of aiming and anticipation. The way in which visual correction or lack of it affects athletes depends on whether they are Type 1 or 2. A three-year study at Moreton School in Wolverhampton followed where these principles were applied to reading in about 200 year 7 children.
When your child reads, their eyes are busy aiming at the words. This aiming job should be handled by one dominant eye. If neither eye is obviously dominant then both will try to share the task and your child’s attention will swap from one eye to the other.
Read Faster & More Accurately
When this happens the letters on a page appear to shift, (aim at something with your finger, shut and open each eye in turn-you’ll see the effect). Your child might find that they loose their place and words become difficult to spell as letters wont stay in the right order.
By using established sight tests Schoolvision seeks to stabilise your child’s dominant eye with corrective spectacles. The effect is that your child should be able to read faster and more accurately.