Beyond 2020 Vision Understanding Learning-Related Vision Problems

Beyond 20/20 Vision: Understanding Learning-Related Vision Problems

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

If a child is having a hard time in school, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have a learning disability. Sometimes, the student’s learning is impacted by their eyesight. In fact, experts have suggested that 80% of what a child learns is based on visual cues – which means that good eyesight is a critical factor in ensuring their success in the classroom.

As a parent, it’s important to make sure that your child has the visual skills necessary to keep up in school. The good news is that common problems, such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness, can be corrected using vision correction lenses, such as glasses or contact lenses.

Good Vision: More Than 20/20 Acuity

Even though 20/20 vision is often a talking point when discussing good vision, a variety of other visual skills can affect a child’s ability to learn. When you schedule a comprehensive eye examination, the eye doctor will look at a variety of factors that might be impacting the child’s ability to learn, including:

  • Eye Teaming: How well both eyes are working together.
  • Eye Movement: The smoothness and accuracy of movement when a child reads.
  • Eye Focusing: The ease with which the child can adjust focus from near to far and back to near again. For example, they need to be able to write on a paper and also look up to read what is on the board.
  • Visual Perception: Not only can the child see something, but they also need to identify what they are seeing and make the association with previous visual information from the past.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination: Not only does this visual-motor integration matter for sports, but it also impacts a child’s ability to write and complete homework assignments.

If there are any issues with the above problems, then the vision problems may be affecting a child’s ability to learn and perform in the classroom. Correcting the vision issues can be an effective solution for improving school performance.

Does Your Child Need Visual Support?

Are you worried about your child’s performance in school? In addition to working with the teachers and school administrators to find solutions in the classroom, consider the benefits of scheduling a consultation with an experienced eye doctor.

For more information about your child’s visual health, contact our team at Temecula Creek Optometry to schedule a comprehensive eye examination: (951) 302 -1331.

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