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What is SchoolVision?

Schoolvision is the study of the relationship between visual performance and the occupation of reading. The predominant visual skill in reading is aiming since the reading distance is generally fixed; the same as sport, aiming is carried out best by the dominant eye.
Without stable eye dominance attention will continually swap from one eye to the other. At the moment of swapping the letter or word
will shift position in space. When this happens unintentionally while reading you lose your place in the sentence or paragraph and individual words become difficult to learn to spell because the letters won't stay in the right order.

Schoolvision seeks to stabilise the dominant eye with corrective spectacles. The effect is usually measured by an instant increase in the
rate of character recognition (the speed at which a random selection of 60 letters can be read at high and low contrast).

This can be done by examining the full visual process and recorded to give a full assessment of the child’s abilities.
This enables the optometrist to recommend a treatment plan. 
The treatment plan can consist of:

Treatment spectacle lenses: These lenses are prescribed to reduce the stresses of the visual system. The prescription and tint of these lenses will often require adjustment a few times during the course of the treatment.  
Has your child been diagnosed with any of the following?

Any learning problem in the classroom – poor concentration, poor handwriting, low reading, poor comprehension, fidgety, etc.
Eye turns (squints) and lazy eyes (amblyopia)
Headaches, double vision, fatigue
ADD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Poor co-ordination, clumsy, poor at sports especially ball games and team games
Poor judgment of distance
Squeezes eyes to see clearly
Rubbing eyes a lot
Closing one eye when trying to read
Tired when reading and/or inability to concentrate
Use this checklist to find out if your child could be helped by a full assessment / school vision specialist.

Does your child have any of these symptoms? 
Blurring of words when reading
Working distance close when writing or reading
Blinks or rubs eyes a lot
Gets rapidly tired at school and often exhausted at end of school day
Headaches and/or aching eyes
Difficulties with copying from the blackboard or book
Poor or variable handwriting, often slow
Poor co-ordination or history of co-ordination problems
Loss of concentration, poor attention span
Reading accuracy and speed below chronological age
Loses place or line when reading
Misses out words or letters when reading
Often has to use finger as a marker to keep place
Poor at Math / Mixes numbers in Math
Reverses letters and numbers
Confuses right and left past age 7 (and sometimes up and down ) 
Poor visual memory
Poor posture when working
Covers one eye when reading
Moves head when reading
Homework takes longer than it should
Poor at ball skills and team games
Does not understand what has been read

If your child has 3 or more symptoms we would advise your child has a school vision assessment.
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