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Using eyes does not harm them. In fact, greater efficiency is developed through use of the eyes for visual tasks.

Holding printed material close to the eyes may be the child's way of seeing best. It will not harm his eyes.

Although eyes cannot be "strained" from use, a child's eyes may tire more quickly. A change of focus or activity helps.

Copying is often a problem for children with low vision. The child may need a longer period of time to do class work or a shortened assignment.

In situations where a child has been issued a monocular (a type of small telescope), copying board work from his desk should be expected, but with an extended amount of time or a shortened assignment.

When writing on the blackboard or overhead projector, the teacher will help the low vision child if he verbalizes as much as possible. Dark blue and black ink is more visible on the overhead.

A small number of low vision children use large type books; most do not. As the child learns to use his vision, he becomes more efficient with visual tasks and can generally read smaller print. In order to encourage independence and increase the availability of print, a hand-held magnifier is preferred over large type.

Contrast, print style and spacing can be more important than the size of print.

Photocopies which have low contrast between the color of the paper and print can be difficult for the low vision child to read. Make sure that the copied page has good contrast between the two.

The term "legally blind" does not mead "educationally blind" or "totally blind". Most children who are legally blind (20/200) functions educationally as sighted children.

One of the most important things a low vision child will learn in school is to accept responsibility for seeking her own help when needed rather than waiting for someone to offer.

In evaluating quality of work and in applying discipline, the teacher helps the low vision child by using the same standards for him that are used with other children.

Most acuity measures on medical records are describing distance vision only and can not be used to predict the child's performance on near tasks.

Glasses will not necessarily correct a vision deficiency to 20/20. Moreover, glasses may not improve vision whatsoever.

An acuity measurement does not dictate what the child's visual performance will be.