Benjamin Winters, OD, and Mary Pellicer, MD Are Featured Speakers at Vision and Learning Symposium November 8

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Participants in the symposium, Right In Front Of Our Eyes: How Undetected Vision Issues Impact Student Learning, will discuss the problems children have with Reading when they cannot see print clearly. A startling 25% of children in elementary school have vision problems which make reading difficult.

"Children do not see to read at twenty feet away. We need to be sure their near vision is all it should be."Katie Johnson, Red Flags for Primary Teachers

School requires that children read at both near and far distances, but Washington law requires that they be screened only for far vision when they enter school.

Children do not read at twenty feet away. When their eyes do not track effectively or focus (team) on the small print of their books, they will, at best, avoid reading; at worst, they will think there is something wrong with their brains and their ability to learn. Children who cannot see cannot read.

On November 8 at the University of Washington Bothell, the symposium "Right In Front Of Our Eyes" will bring together teachers, special educators, members of the Native American and African American communities, the Washington state justice system, developmental optometrists and other medical professionals.

Graduate students at the University of Washington Bothell School of Computer Science and Software Engineering will share their capstone projects. They have been developing new ways to use computers for screening and providing useful exercises and activities helping children with binocular vision problems.

Panel discussions will include how vision issues affect education, social justice, and health care in Washington. For more information go to

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