Vision and School Performance
Did you know that 80% of a child’s learning is visual?
Therefore it is important that your child’s vision is up to the task to help them reach their potential.
Many parents dont realise there is more to their child's vision than seeing 20/20. They are often surprised to find out how the demands of an average school day, and nightly homework routine, can impact their child's eyes.
These visual demands occur on a daily basis at school, and are important to help you child reach their potential. They can be separated into three main categories.
How well is your child able to see the board? Any problems with distance vision can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Interestingly many primary school children with vision problems, do not have difficulty seeing the board.
How well is your child able to hold and maintain clear, comfortable single vision for sustained periods on the page, follow the lines of text in a book and quickly change their focus from the board to the page and back again. Most problems with visual skills, can be helped with glasses or through vision training exercises. We find that this a common cause of children’s vision problems.
This area goes beyond what your child can see and control the position of their eyes. Visual Learning is what allows children to recognise and remember letters, and eventually sight words, and derive meaning from them. It is also what helps children read from left to right and avoid reversals. It is equally important for reading comprehension, fluency and spelling. If your child has difficulties with visual learning it can often be helped through visual learning training (vision therapy).
The Eye Test
Parents often worry whether their child is able to do an eye test accurately.
As our optometrists have extra training and experience in conducting vision assessments on children, they are able to conduct very thorough checks on any aged child.
If fact children’s eye tests are very fun with lots of exciting games, which allow your optometrist to assess the three key parts of vision, which are required for your child’s school performance.
Should I have my child's eye checked?
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s school performance, a simple eye test can be a great way to give you piece of mind, that your child has the best chance at great vision for life.
- Vision problems can and often do affect learning. Optometrists treat difficulties with vision and vision problems that can affect learning and performance.
- Optometrists DO NOT directly treat learning difficulties.
- Most visual processing and visual functional skills are developed over time, therefore they are able to be trained. Vision therapy aims to improve visual functional and processing skills.
- Vision therapy does NOT take the place of teaching.
- People with learning problems require help from many disciplines to meet the learning challenges they face. Behavioural Optometric involvement constitutes one aspect of the multi-disciplinary management approach required to help an individual meet their full potential.