5 Signs Your Child Could Have a Learning-Related Vision Problem

5 Signs Your Child Could Have a Learning-Related Vision Problem

The link between learning and vision cannot be overstated. In fact, research shows that 80% of learning happens through vision! This means that a vision problem can cause major setbacks for your child’s success in school. As a result, this can lead to frustration and poor self-esteem.

If your child has a learn-related vision problem, it can significantly impact their performance in school
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If your children are performing below their potential in school, look for these 5 signs of vision-related learning problems:

1) Their homework takes much longer than it should.

  • Associated vision problems include:
    • Issues with eye coordination: Where your child’s brain has trouble using their eyes as a team.
    • Difficulty focusing: Where your child has trouble focusing to keep their vision clear at different distances.
    • An eye tracking problem: Where your child has trouble smoothly and accurately moving their eyes from one point to another.

2) They have trouble understanding what they read (i.e. poor reading comprehension).

  • Associated vision problems include:
    • Issues with eye coordination: Where your child’s brain has trouble using their eyes as a team.
    • Difficulty focusing: Where your child has trouble focusing to keep their vision clear at different distances.
    • Eye tracking problem: Where your child has trouble smoothly and accurately moving their eyes from one point to another.
    • Faulty visual memory: Where your child has trouble recognizing differences in size, shape or form.

3) They frequently skip or reread lines.

  • Associated vision problems include:
    • An eye tracking problem: Where your child has trouble smoothly and accurately moving their eyes from one point to another.

4) They have a short attention span.

  • Associated vision problems include:
    • An eye tracking problem: Where your child has trouble smoothly and accurately moving their eyes from one point to another.

5) They reverse letters and words.

  • Associated vision problems include:
    • Difficulty with laterality and directionality: Where your child has trouble with their awareness of left vs right.

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If your child has trouble understanding what they read, they may have a vision-related learning problem
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What to do if you see one or more of these signs

If you notice your child experiencing one or more of these behaviors, schedule them an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam!

After making an appointment, work with your child to complete the COVD Quality of Life Survey and bring the results with you to your doctor’s appointment. Their score from this clinical survey will help your doctor examine your child for learning related vision problems.

Full list of symptoms

The symptoms listed above are among the most common for learning-related vision problems, but your child’s symptoms may be different than the ones listed here. Click here to see a full list of symptoms from The College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

The good news

Fortunately, the diagnosis of a vision-related learning problem doesn’t mean your child will suffer forever. In fact, almost all such vision problems can be improved with glasses and/or vision therapy.

Vision therapy is a non-invasive vision treatment that can be prescribed by your eye doctor to help your child develop the visual skills they need. This is done through exercises and activities that isolate your child’s problematic vision skills. As a result, your child will have a chance to learn how to use their eyes more effectively!

Curious if your child has a vision-related learning problem? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!


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