The ESEL Program is accepting projected enrolment forms for the 2017-2018 school term. Please complete the forms listed below.
Eye See…Eye Learn (ESEL): Educating parents and children on the importance of healthy vision.
The Eye See…Eye Learn Program is an awareness program designed to educate teachers, children and parents/guardians of the importance of identifying and treating visual problems early so children have a better chance to learn and develop. With Fribbit as their Mascot, Eye See…Eye Learn is a great way to educate kids & parents.
The Saskatoon Star Phoenix interviewed the Confederation School Eye See Eye Learn Clinic during May, 2017 for Vision Health Month. Check out the interview at http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/inside-the-classroom-inside-the-classroom-eye-see-eye-learn-optometric-clinic-at-confederation-park-community-school-helps-learning-come-into-focus
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About Children’s Vision
About 80 percent of all babies are born farsighted — able to see objects clearly at a distance but less clearly close up. Some five percent are born nearsighted, or unable to see objects at a distance clearly.
Approximately 15 percent of babies are born with nothing wrong with the refractive parts of the eye — the cornea and crystalline lens which bend light and focus it properly on the retina. Farsightedness usually decreases as a child ages, typically normalizing to a negligible value by the age of 7-8.
After a child grows and the incidence of farsightedness decreases, that of nearsightedness increases. Many school-age children and teens first discover they are nearsighted when they have difficulty reading the writing on the board at school. Nearsightedness usually occurs before age 25.
Vision Skills for Schools
Your school-age child’s eyes are constantly in use in the classroom and at play. When his or her vision is not functioning properly, learning and participation in recreational activities can suffer.
Good vision involves many different skills working together to enable your child not only to see clearly but also to understand what he or she sees.
If any of these or other vision skills is lacking or not functioning properly, your child’s eyes have to work harder, causing blurred vision, headaches or fatigue. Regular vision exams can uncover these problems early so that your child’s learning and reading enjoyment is not affected.
So how can you tell if your child has vision problems that could affect their learning? Here are a few things to watch for:
Because a change in vision can occur without you or your child realizing it, have your child’s eyes examined every year, including:
You can take small but important steps to help protect your child’s eyesight.
Vision Care & Vision Assistance
Get your child involved in caring for their eyes. Set a good example and teach them good eye protection habits, such as:
Your family eye doctor may prescribe glasses, contact lenses or vision therapy, or recommend preventive measures, such as mild prescription lenses to be worn only when doing schoolwork or watching television. These may help relieve stress on your child’s eyes. Vision therapy is prescribed for conditions that cannot adequately be treated with glasses or contact lenses alone. By reinforcing or re-teaching vision skills, conditions such as poor eye coordination and movement, lazy eye and perceptual problems can be improved. Your care and concern for your child’s vision can enrich his or her future while helping develop eye care habits for a lifetime of good vision.