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August has been declared Vision and Learning Month since 1995. The goal of this national observance is to help educate parents and educators about the critical link between vision and learning. It doesn’t really matter what the curriculum is or even what country you are in, when children have underlying vision problems contributing to their learning challenges, they continue to struggle until the vision problem is corrected.

A Back to School Comprehensive Eye Exam Can Catch what School Screenings Miss


August is National Children’s Vision and Learning Month

(Thanks to COVD for their 2016 press release for August is Vision and Learning Month)

“Since starting vision therapy, Katie is able to track between the whiteboard and her papers quickly (near and far) which has helped her stay on track and keep up with her classmates.”

"When Jake started vision therapy he struggled with reading (he was below grade level); he is now right where he should be at 3rd grade level. His eyes no longer jump all over the page and he can now focus on and read the page from top to bottom, left to right.”

Has your child had his/her comprehensive eye exam?

Upholding a yearly tradition since 1995, state and local governments across the United States are issuing proclamations that August is Children’s Vision & Learning Month, as promoted by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). The purpose of this annual campaign is to highlight the connection between vision and learning, the importance of early detection of vision problems, and the necessity of a back to school comprehensive eye exam with a developmental optometrist.

One in ten children in America—over 5 million in all—has a vision problem significant enough to impact their ability to learn in school. While the typical school vision screening may give students a ‘perfect’ grade of 20/20, this test only tells one thing: how well they can see at a distance. An estimated 80% of learning occurs through a child’s eyes and seeing the chalkboard clearly is only one small part of this. It takes many other behavioral visual skills to achieve success in the classroom, including focusing, tracking smoothly along lines of text, and coordinating eyes to work together.

“The narrow scope of in-school vision screenings means that at least 50% of vision problems can go undetected,” says Dr. Barry Tannen, President of COVD. “Children whose vision problems are undiagnosed and untreated may suffer for years with headaches, poor reading comprehension, and even symptoms that can be misdiagnosed as ADD/ADHD, being labeled as lazy or difficult by no fault of their own.”

Fortunately, many of these vision problems are treatable with a drug-free and effective program of optometric vision therapy. Much more than “eye exercises,” vision therapy uses a variety of in-office techniques and at-home activities to train the eyes and brain to work together. The effectiveness of vision therapy for improving learning is well-documented by research.

At Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., we have seen many children in the Denver-Metro area, who had struggled for years before finding out they had an underlying vision problem. When children struggle with reading and learning it can cost their parents dearly in time, money, and frustration. In addition, there are significant costs to the schools when students have undiagnosed vision disorders.

Click here and here to hear from some of our successful patients on how vision therapy has changed their lives. As the new school year rounds the corner, NOW is the perfect time to make sure your child has all the visual skills required for academic success. For more information, or to find a doctor near you visit

With love and gratitude,

Lynn Fishman Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
August is National Vision & Learning Month - A Helpful Guide from COVD
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