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Dr. Lynn Hellerstein
September 2011 Newsletter

Vision Development... Through Edina's Eyes
Does This Baby Have a Vision Problem?

Does this Baby Have a Vision Problem?Everyone has senses. They are the “windows to our world.” The big five are: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching. Of the five, vision is often called the dominant sense. It is estimated that more than 80% of all learning takes place through the visual system. Most children are born with healthy eyes, nerves, and a healthy brain, but they have to learn how to use their eyes and coordinate them with the rest of their body.
 
It is now one year since my beautiful grand-daughter, Edina Rose was born on September 14, 2010. Edina has given me an opportunity to not only spoil her, but to also observe her from a different perspective.  When I had my own kids 30 years ago, I too read the child development books. I was always trying to make sure that I was giving them the best opportunities for good health, learning and success. My two daughters have grown up to be very bright, beautiful and loving adults...I am blessed.

The demands of being a parent are tremendous; great excitement tempered with fatigue, time management challenges and basic survival!  Being a grandmother allows me to watch little Edina grow and develop, without all the demands of being the parent. With my passion and interest in helping children with learning, I am, of course, closely monitoring her development. 
 
Using my experience as a parent and a developmental optometrist, I am watching for those little special moments, those indicators that Edina is appropriately exploring the wonders of her world. I’m taking this opportunity to share the importance of vision development with you, the parents and teachers of many children. Together we can learn and share what those little special moments may mean in the over-all scheme of developmental readiness for school and sports.  It is important to detect any problems early in life, to ensure that babies develop the visual abilities they need to grow and learn successfully.

I will update my blog to include the “milestones” of development as Edina masters them.  Pictures and videos will be included as often as possible for you to really see those special moments- not as just cute times, but as a very essential part of development.  Included will be a short discussion of the steps of vision development and the approximate “norms” for the milestones in not only vision, but also social, emotional language, movement and cognitive development.  Developmental health watches will be noted to look for signs of possible developmental delay.
 
Remember, development does not always progress in a smooth manner.  All children develop at their own rate.
 
Sending kids to school with vision problems is like going to work without the primary resources that you need for your job. Developmental visual skills are an essential part of school readiness.

Stay tuned for monthly updates on "Vision Development through Edina's Eyes". The October 2011 newsletter will discuss 2-4 months in development. 
Vision Development Through Edina's Eyes 
Click here to start on the vision journey, Vision Development through Edina’s Eyes.


Feel free to send questions, comments or insights on your journey of transformation.
With love and gratitude,

Lynn Fishman Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO

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