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

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Vision is the process of interpreting what is seen. Vision plays a key role in learning process. Research shows that 80% of learning happens through vision. This just 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.
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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
  • Difficulty focusing
  • An eye tracking problem

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

Associated vision problems include:
  • Issues with eye coordination
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Eye tracking problem 
  • Faulty visual memory
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3) They frequently skip or reread lines.

Associated vision problems include:
  • An eye tracking problem (inadequate ability to smoothly and accurately move the eyes from one point to another)

4) They have a short attention span with reading and writing.

Associated vision problems include:
  • An eye tracking problem

5) They reverse letters and words.

 Associated vision problems include:
  • Difficulty with laterality and directionality
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What to do if you see one or more of these signs???

Many of these vision problems will not be detected during a school vision screening or limited vision assessment as part of a school physical or routine pediatric health evaluation. If you notice your child experiencing one or more of these behaviours, schedule them an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam.
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References:
•    The College of Optometrists in Vision Development – Signs & Symptoms of Learning-Related Vision Problems 
Articles by: Manish Dahal (Final year Optometry Student)

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