Experience the “Reality” of Vision Impairments
Correct vision is vital in the classroom. However, children often don’t know they have an eye problem, and may be struggling in school due to uncorrected vision issues. That’s the premise of Think About Your Eyes’ new virtual reality experience – participants experience vision impairments in a classroom setting, putting them in the shoes of children who struggle in school due to eye problems.
The experience simulates the following vision impairments:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Macular degeneration
“We know that many parents don’t prioritize eye exams for their children,” said Jon Torrey, director of professional relations at Think About Your Eyes. “By using technology like virtual reality, we’re able to show parents firsthand what their children might be experiencing in the classroom, and the challenges they may be facing if vision issues aren’t detected and corrected.”
With the new school year approaching, the virtual reality experience is a way for parents to understand the challenges their children may have in the classroom because of poor vision. After all, 80 percent of learning comes through the eyes.
Think About Your Eyes’ data shows that 60 percent of parents don’t think that a comprehensive eye exam is integral to a child’s healthy checkup schedule. And 24 percent of parents wait for their children to have symptoms before taking them to an eye doctor, which can be problematic because they don’t know what “normal” vision is.
If your family needs an eye doctor, visit the Think About Your Eyes doctor locator to find one near you.