Every experience a preschooler has is an opportunity for growth and development. Preschoolers use their vision to guide other learning experiences. From ages 2 to 5, a child will be fine-tuning the visual abilities gained during infancy and developing new ones.
Stacking building blocks, rolling a ball back and forth, coloring, drawing, cutting, or assembling lock-together toys all help improve important visual skills. Preschoolers depend on their vision to learn tasks that will prepare them for school. They are developing hand-eye-body coordination, fine motor skills and visual perceptual abilities necessary to learn to read and write.
Steps taken at this age to help ensure vision is developing normally can provide a child with a good "head start" for school. Preschoolers are eager to draw and look at pictures. Reading to young children is also important to help them develop strong visualization skills as they "picture" the story in their minds.
This is also the time when parents need to be alert for the presence of vision problems like crossed eyes or lazy eye. In addition, parents should watch their child for indication of any delays in development, which may signal the presence of a vision problem. Difficulty with recognition of colors, shapes, letters and numbers can occur if there is a vision problem.
The preschool years are a time for developing the visual abilities that a child will need in school and throughout his or her life. Steps taken during these years to help ensure vision is developing normally can provide a child with a good "head start" for school.
So What Can Parents Do to Help Their Preschooler?
Toys, games and playtime activities help by stimulating the process of vision development. Here are several things that can be done at home to help your preschooler continue to successfully develop his or her visual skills:
Above all else, make sure your preschooler has an eye exam by an Optometrist every year to follow their progress and ensure that their vision is developing properly!
Milton Optometry recommends that children have a comprehensive eye exam annually starting at 6 months of age. We welcome infants, toddlers and children of all ages to our family-friendly office! Visit Milton Optometry or phone 905-636-9500 to reserve an appointment for your family.
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