What is hand-eye coordination? Hand-eye coordination is the ability that makes it possible to perform actions that require the simultaneous use our eyes (sight) and hands (movement). We use our eyes to direct our attention and our hands to carry-out the determined action. Hand-eye coordination is a complex cognitive skill, as it requires that we guide our hands according to the stimuli that our eyes are receiving. Developing hand-eye coordination is especially important for normal childhood development and classroom learning.
A fundamental cognitive skill for our daily lives
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Hand-eye coordination is fundamental to properly develop reading and writing skills, but you also use it daily in an infinite number of activities. For example, when you cook, when you draw a picture, when you put your debit card in the ATM, when you type on a keyboard, and when you pick up or throw objects. In fact, when you drive we are constantly using hand-eye coordination. Based on the information that we pick up in front of us, you have to move your hand on the wheel to keep the car straight and free from accidents.
Almost all of our daily activities require hand-eye coordination, which is why it is so important to have a well-developed hand-eye coordination, and improve it if you have poor hand-eye coordination. It is mostly developed during childhood while developing fine and gross motor skills, bur some adults will find that they have to improve and sharpen this skill as well.
Pathologies related to a hand-eye coordination deficit
Visual disorders such as strabismus, amblyopia, etc. can cause problems with hand-eye coordination . Other developmental disorders may develop with these kinds of difficulties.
Poor hand-eye coordination may also cause learning disorders, like trouble learning to read or write and problems playing sports.