Vistar Insights

Childhood Vision Problems and School Performance

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Experts cite that over 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually. Therefore, proactive, comprehensive vision care is crucial in the development of school-age children. When a child’s vision does not function properly, learning, along with recreational activities like sports can suffer. According to recent studies, 1 in 4 children suffers from vision problems that interfere with their daily lives – including learning.

If these vision problems remain untreated, the child may encounter many unnecessary barriers in life. They could have trouble with athletic, academic, and social situations. Regular vision screenings and proper eyewear can help children reach their highest potential in school and extra-curricular activities.

Here are some signs that your child may be experiencing vision-related problems:
• Has frequent headaches
• Often loses their place when reading and uses finger to maintain their place
• Turns or tilts their head, using one eye only to see
• Rubbing their eyes
• Holding material they need to read closer to their face than is normal
• Confuses or skips over smaller words entirely when reading
• When reading or writing, reverses words by accident frequently
• Has a consistent record of poor school performance

Vision change can be subtle and can occur gradually over time. Your child may not be aware that any deviation has taken place, so it’s important for school children to get their eyes examined at least once every two years. If more specific eye problems or risk factors are present, more frequent screenings may be recommended by your doctor. Although your child may receive a vision screening at school, it should not be considered a substitute for a thorough eye exam with a physician at Vistar Eye Center. Schedule your evaluation today!