Teachers and parents are in the best positions to take note of any signs of a learning-related vision problem.
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.
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.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of signs that may indicate a child is suffering from a learning-related vision problem.
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.