Children’s Vision And Learning
pEDIATRIC oPTOMETRY - LEARNING IS 80% DEPENDENT ON GOOD VISION
One out of every three children has a vision problem. Since 80% of what a child learns is through their vision, children with vision difficulty will likely suffer academically or have to work extra hard to overcome their visual discomfort or deficit. Children lack the experience before the age of 9 or 10 to know what normal vision is. Therefore, most parents are often shocked to find out their child needs visual assistance through either glasses, contact lenses, or visual training exercises.
Many children are misdiagnosed as learning disabled when in fact, they have an easily correctable vision disorder. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that children have a complete eye examination by an optometrist before the age of 3 years and then every year thereafter. Children as young as 6 months of age can be examined.
School vision screenings should never take the place of a complete eye health and vision exam by a trained optometrist or ophthalmologist. A lack of early, routine eye exams can unfortunately result in an otherwise avoidable permanent visual deficit, known as lazy eye or amblyopia.
What you should know after your child’s exam:
- Are my child’s eyes healthy?
- Can my child see well at all distances and see well without eyestrain?
- Does my child see colors normally (boys especially)?
- Does my child have comfortable, coordinated binocular vision and depth perception?
Here are some symptoms that may indicate a child is having vision problems:
- sits close to the television
- has trouble reading or avoids reading
- has trouble seeing street signs or recognizing faces
- often squints
- tilts their head frequently to one side or angle
- is clumsy or bumps into objects frequently
- displays anti-social or shy behavior
- experiences headaches
- is having difficulty at school despite good effort