Optometrist Vs. Opthamalogist: What's the Difference?
Opthamology deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eyeball and surrounding orbit.
Optometry deals with examining the eyes and visual systems for defects or abnormalities as well as the medical diagnosis and management of eye disease
Why are they important to your child? Does your child have difficuty with reading, writing, or copying skills? Maybe they omit letters when copying from the board or reverse letters when writing. Have they had their vision checked?
An opthamologist will test their sight and acuity, the anatomy and physiology of their eyes. A developmental optometrist will look at how their eyes work together
Some Signs Your Child Might Need A Developmental Optometrist
Headaches with near work
Burning itchy or watery eyes
Skipping or repeating lines when reading
Difficulty copying from chalkboard
Tilting head or closing one eye when reading
Omitting letters or words with reading
Misaligning numbers or digits
Poor reading comprehension
Holding papers and books close to face
Difficulty completing written work within an appropriate amount of time
Difficulty forming letters correctly
What Your OT May Assess In The Area of Vision
Figure Ground: The ability to locate an object within a background such as in hidden pictures.
Visual Closure: The ability to identify an incomplete figure, necesary in forming letters
Visual Discrimination: The ability to recognize the differences in figures or pictures
Short Term Visual Memory: The ability to recall a figure or letter when it is removed from vision
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