VISION RELATED LEARNING PROBLEMS—LEARN THE SIGNS
The connection between good vision and success in school is undisputed. Experts say that about 80 percent of what a student learns in school is information that is presented visually. We live in a visual world. So good vision is essential for a student of any age to reach his full potential and find success in the school setting.
If your child is not succeeding in school, ruling out vision problems should be one of your first steps. Our doctors have the skills and expertise to identify if a vision problem is interfering with your child’s ability to access information and participate fully in school and in after-school activities.
Your child may be nearsighted (can’t see far away objects like a blackboard), farsighted (can see objects that are close such as reading a book) and have an astigmatism (a blurring caused by the eyes inability to focus light appropriately).
Watch for these symptoms in conjunction with school challenges:
- Headaches or eye strain
- Blurred vision or double vision
- Crossed eyes or eyes that appear to move independently of each other
- Dislike or avoidance of reading and close work
- Short attention span during visual tasks
- Turning or tilting the head to use one eye only, or closing or covering one eye
- Placing the head very close to the book or desk when reading or writing
- Excessive blinking or rubbing the eyes
- Losing place while reading, or using a finger as a guide
- Slow reading speed or poor reading comprehension
- Poor eye-hand coordination
Having your student’s eyes checked is fast, easy and can relieve a lot of worries and guess work as you help to have him succeed in school.
People with vision-related learning disorders form a large component of those treated with vision therapy. Vision is a complex process of both innate and learned skills, and when one or more of these skills are missing, vision-related learning delays may occur. These delays may occur independently or in conjunction with conditions such as strabismus, dyslexia, ASD, cerebral palsy, and Down’s syndrome. It is possible to learn the missing skills through vision therapy, mitigating or eliminating the vision portion of the learning delay.
The issue at hand is not as much a physical deficiency, but the disconnected between how our brain and eyes communicate. Vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain, and is a highly effective, non-surgical treatment for the conditions above. By identifying and working through scientifically supported procedures under the supervision of an eye doctor, a patient can restore and improve their fundamental visual skills and abilities.