Anthony Lee, OD & Associates Eyecare- Children, Sensory, and Vision
Many sensory and sensory related conditions have visual correlations. Most of us can relate to these in terms of the child that is very tactile with their hands (mashed potato sculptures) and those that are sensitive to noise, sometimes the visual tie-ins are overlooked. For instance, traditionally, it is thought that a child that sits close to the tv or holds their print very close to their nose, must have a vision problem related to not seeing. While this may be the case, it could also be that the child is doing that because of the sensory stimulation and may not need glasses at all. Instead of glasses, perhaps you would use visual hygiene strategies to help lessen this. Visual hygiene refers to building healthy habits of how far to hold things away from you to reduce eye strain. Another common example of sensory vision is bright light and poor indoor lighting. Epilepsy, migraine, and Autism are only three conditions that may present with a child that does not do well with certain lighting. They are also known as the squinters and usually the squinting is correlated to "they must not be able to focus". When in fact they are just trying to control the light input. These children may do well with tinted lenses, glare coatings, or perhaps evening changing the lighting in the environment they spend the most time.
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