Poor eyesight can hinder a child’s academic performance. In fact, about 80% of the information your child learns in school is presented visually. Be proactive about your child’s visual health by scheduling an eye checkup with your local optometrist.
Find out more about learning-related eye problems in today’s post.
Types of Learning-Related Vision Problems
Learning-related vision problems are not considered a disability but rather a factor that affects your child’s academic performance. There are three categories of learning-related vision problems. The first involves refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The second category encompasses functional vision problems, which can lead to double or blurred vision, eye strain and headaches. An example of this type of learning-related vision problem is convergence insufficiency. This condition affects the ability of the eyes to stay aligned while reading. Lastly, visual perception problems prevent a child from recognizing words to form mental pictures.
Signs and Symptoms
Observe your child closely. If they have an aversion to reading accompanied by headaches and blurred vision, this could suggest learning-related vision problems. Having a short attention span during visual tasks, a slow reading speed and frequently reversing words and letters can also indicate visual health problems. Visit your local clinic for an eye exam so we can detect any underlying vision problem and provide prompt treatment.
Learning-Related Vision Problem Management
Treatment for learning-related vision problems often involves individualized, doctor-supervised vision therapy. Eye specialists may also recommend special eyeglasses to improve your child’s eyesight. One of the best approaches to manage this type of vision problem is therapy combined with remedial learning activities. This will help your child keep up in school and perform better.
Turn to Opti-Care for expert visual health services. We’ll help determine your vision problem and suggest eyeglasses or contact lenses, if necessary. Call us today at (410) 600-3173. We serve Westminster and Marriottsville, MD.