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Larry Fitzgerald Offers Advice for Parents With Struggling Readers
Date:7/13/2009

AURORA, Ohio, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Arizona Cardinals 2008 NFC West Champions' wide-receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, is helping eye doctors spread the word to parents that vision problems can interfere with a child's ability to pay attention, read and learn. "Even if you have been told your child has perfect vision or 20/20 vision, your child could still be at risk of having a learning-related vision problem," warns Fitzgerald.

Do you have a child who takes forever to do homework? Or hates to read? Learning-related vision problems directly affect how we learn, read, or sustain close work.

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) has launched their annual campaign to educate the public on the steps they can take to ensure their children aren't struggling with reading and learning because of undiagnosed vision problems.

"Parents don't realize that you need over 15 visual skills to succeed in reading, learning, sports, and in life. Seeing '20/20' is just one of those visual skills," says Fitzgerald.

During the many pre- and post-Superbowl press interviews, Fitzgerald, explained that one of the keys to his success was having vision therapy as a child. He had a vision problem that was making it difficult to pay attention in school and his grandfather, Dr. Robert Johnson, a developmental optometrist in Chicago, Illinois, diagnosed the vision problem and the appropriate treatment.

Fitzgerald went through vision therapy under his aunt's guidance. His aunt, Dr. Stephanie Johnson-Brown, is currently the executive director of the PlanoChildDevelopmentCenter, a not-for-profit vision care service corporation which was co-founded by her father, Dr. Johnson, in 1959. Their center specializes in vision education and the identification and remediation of vision development problems in children and adults.

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