Dr. Ellen Fitzgerald  
Owner/Practitioner
Fitzgerald Family Eyecare

Don’t Fail Your Child Before School Starts

The Importance Of Vision In Your Child’s Learning, Behavior
“Some 20 million children will go back to school this year with a vision problem that may interfere with their ability to learn while also contributing to disciplinary problems,” Dr. Fitzgerald said.
Almost 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually. 
It stands to reason then, that good vision is essential to learning. 
Yet studies show only 31% of children between the ages of 6 and 16 have an annual eye exam, according to Dr. Ellen Fitzgerald. Approximately 70% of children younger than six years, the age at which most vision problems can be treated before permanent damage occurs, have never had an eye exam.
“Some 20 million children will go back to school this year with a vision problem that may interfere with their ability to learn while also contributing to disciplinary problems,” Dr. Fitzgerald said.
But what about “vision screenings” performed by a school nurse or a pediatrician? Won’t they detect vision problems? 
Only partially, according to Dr. Krista Stapleton
“According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, vision-screening methods detected only 40 - 65% of children with vision problems,” Dr. Stapleton said. “Every child should have a comprehensive eye health examination. Even if a child has passed a vision screening, a comprehensive exam can reveal problems that would go undetected in a screening. If a vision problem is detected, your family eye doctor can begin treatment immediately.”
Dr. Fitzgerald is the owner and practitioner of Fitzgerald Family Eyecare located at  302 Westside Drive in Douglas, Ga., and is a member of Vision Source.
See this article in the Wednesday, July 13, 2016 edition.

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