Correct vision is absolutely necessary for learning in the classroom. Children often don’t know they have an eye problem and may be struggling in school due to uncorrected vision issues. That’s the premise of “Think About Your Eyes” national campaign and its new virtual reality experience. Participants experience vision impairments in a classroom setting; placing them in the shoes of children who struggle in school due to eye problems.
The experience simulates the following vision impairments:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Macular degeneration
“We know that many parents don’t prioritize eye exams for their children,” said Jon Torrey, director of professional relations at Think About Your Eyes. “By using technology like virtual reality, we’re able to show parents firsthand what their children might be experiencing in the classroom, and the challenges they may be facing if vision issues aren’t detected and corrected.”
This virtual reality tool is excellent though not 100% necessary to understand the challenges their children may have in the classroom because of poor vision. After all, 80 percent of learning comes through the eyes. Data shows that 60 percent of parents don’t think that a comprehensive eye exam is integral to a child’s healthy checkup schedule and 24 percent of parents wait for their children to have symptoms before taking them to an eye doctor, which can be problematic because they don’t know what “normal” vision is. Don’t be reactive – time is of the essence when it comes to your child’s ocular health and ability to learn when their visual system is working properly. Be proactive and bring your child in for an exam today!