Signs of Learning-Related Vision Problems

Teachers and parents are in the best positions to take note of any signs of a learning-related vision problem.

Signs of Learning-Related Vision Problems in Olympia

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A Wide Variety of Problems

There are many different learning-related vision problems that can impact a child’s academic performance. Skills like hand-eye coordination, reading ability, and ability to focus are all tied, in no small part, to vision. 

These issues can only be formally diagnosed by an eye care professional, but there are numerous noticeable signs that can indicate there is a problem, and it is important for both parents and teachers to recognize these so that if noticed, the child can receive proper diagnosis and treatment.

If an issue is recognized and dealt with quickly, it can prevent a small problem from becoming something bigger.

Why This Matters

Experts say that approximately 80 percent of what a child learns in school is done visually. Good vision is essential if a child is to reach their full academic potential.

In addition to the obvious academic difficulties these problems can cause, they can also harm a child’s self esteem at a critical point in their life.

Why This Matters
Signs to Watch For

Signs to Watch For

Here is a non-exhaustive list of signs that may indicate a child is suffering from a learning-related vision problem.

  • Frequent squinting 
  • Difficulty reading for long periods 
  • Complaints about eyes “feeling tired” 
  • Frequent rubbing of the eyes 
  • Difficulty keeping the place while reading, or relying on using a finger to mark their place 
  • Poor reading comprehension 
  • Trouble focusing or paying attention, especially for extended periods of time 
  • Frequent covering or closing of one eye 
  • Complaints of blurred or double vision 
  • Regular headaches, especially while reading 
  • Difficulty visualizing or recalling things based on something that was read 
  • Trouble learning basic math concepts such as size, position, and magnitude 
  • Sloppy handwriting and drawing, difficulty staying on or within lines, or difficulty copying notes from the board 
  • Having little to no difficulty responding orally while struggling with responding in writing 
  • Reversal of letters or words while reading or writing
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What To Do

If any of these symptoms appear, the child’s parents should be informed both about the problem and of the fact that it might be a vision issue (as opposed to a learning disability.) The parents’ responsibility is then to bring their child to an eye care professional so their vision can properly be examined, and any issues treated. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam, please call (360) 491-2121. Patients looking for a comprehensive eye exam visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.

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Such a nice optician. My grandson is only 4 and needs glasses. We were so sad, but he explained the issues, and we will follow up as he suggested.

Anna P.

I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.

June S.

Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.

Christine R.

Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.

Lars Wulff

Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.

Justin E.

The staff is friendly. The Doc is very knowledgeable. The office is family friendly and everyone is so patient with the little ones.

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