The vast majority of advices lists to face coming back to school with success do not include the visual health between the most important things to take into account. But this means the key to fight the school failure, since the 80% of the information explained at class enters through the eyes. Do you want to know all the advices in order to take care of your children vision when coming back to school this year?
1. Less video games, tablets and mobile phones and more homework
During the summer holidays, some children have spent a lot of hours every day in front of electronic devices. Experts recommend that, once the course has started, parents should agree with them a restricted usage of these devices and also to give more importance to homework. Screens as well as books must be situated 35-40cms. distance from the eyes.
2. To establish a good space to study
Any part of home does not mean the best place to study. Parents must provide their children with an appropriate and fixed place, with comfortable chair and table and an adequate temperature. In order to take care of their vision, the room must have natural light, whenever it is possible. The artificial light will be used with the main purpose to avoid shadows. The lack of light can lead to visual fatigue, that is why the chosen room to study should have a lamp that gives off natural light as well as an adjustable table-lamp.
3. Vision needs to rest while studying
It is suggested to rest the vision from the books or screens every 20 minutes. To have a rest does not mean that children have to stop studying, but simply by doing the following exercise: to raise the sight and look at some far-off object during some seconds before concentrating again to look at the near material they are working with.
4. Does your child turn his/her head when reading or writing?
This is one of the signs that can tell you that your child suffers a visual problem. Also: to blink constantly, to approach too much to books while reading, to half-close the eyes, the readness of these or the rejection to reading.
In some cases, these visual problems will be corrected by means of glasses or contact lenses, but if the problem is of vision accommodation, of eyes coordination or of perception of the environment, among others, it is the Visual Therapy that can solve the problem. This therapy consists of various customized exercises that reeducate the sight of children bettering and correcting the visual and perceptual skills.
5. The annual revision, in september
To visit the optician-optometrist in order to check the children vision, must be done, at least, once a year. If you have noticed some of the symptoms mentioned above, september is the best moment to carry out the revision. The school learning is directly linked to the vision and hence when a visual problem appears, children are not able to develop their highest potential.