Vision And Success at School
Every parent wants their child to be successful in school. But as many as 25 percent of children in any classroom have vision problems that keep them from attaining their highest level of success. Four of five classroom hours involve doing near vision work less than arm's length from a child's eyes. Many children and adults cannot handle such intense, prolonged near vision work.
Some children lose vision to nearsightedness; others avoid near vision work and do poorly at school. Some children struggle along, reading and re-reading passages to comprehend them, still others get headaches or score low on reading assignments.
Optometric research has proven many ways to deal with learning-related vision problems. Sometimes in simple, direct ways lenses help; in more complex cases, re-training the child to see efficiently will result in increased ability to comprehend. Vision research has shown ways to prevent or reduce permanent vision loss to nearsightedness, and turn children who "hate" or avoid reading into content and interested readers.
If you have a child whose school problems fit the checklist below, or you know someone with such a child, call us to schedule special workshop on vision and learning. We provide these to the local community at no cost. You'll be glad you attended.
Vision and Learning Checklist
- Short attention span for reading
- Must read and re-read material to understand it well
- Takes “hours” to do 30 minutes of homework
- Disturbs other children in class during reading or other subjects that require intense near work
- Gets sleepy when reading
- Still reverses words, letters beyond second grade
- Better at Math than English
- Skips or re-reads words or lines
- Covers one eye while reading, exhibits odd postures at desk