Glasses May Help Preschoolers Learn
Prescription Glasses for Preschoolers With Poor Sight Helps Their Eye-Hand Coordination, Study Shows
Feb. 12, 2008 -- Got a preschool child? If your child needs glasses, it
could affect his or her eye-hand coordination test scores.
A new study shows that preschoolers with poor
vision improve their eye-hand coordination test scores within six weeks of
starting to wear glasses.
The study included 70
preschool children (average age: 4.6). Eye tests showed that half of the
kids had bad vision.
Those children scored lower on tests of eye-hand coordination than kids with
normal vision, and got prescriptions for
Six weeks later, the kids took the eye-hand coordination test again. This
time, eye-hand coordination test scores were similar across the board.
Identifying and correcting vision problems at an early age may help kids
learn, note the researchers, who included Anne-Catherine Roch-Levecq, PhD, of
the University of California, San Diego.
Of course, children's eye exams should begin long before preschool. Babies
should get their
first eye exam by the time they're 6 months old.
To learn more about children's vision screening, watch the WebMD video
Exams: Get Kids Tested Early" or read the WebMD Blog "
Are Preschool Eye Exams Necessary?"