You wouldn’t send your child off to school if they were sick, so why would you send them into a learning environment if they couldn’t see clearly? In order to succeed in school, kids need a clear view of the classroom.
According to the American Optometric Association: “It has been estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through his or her eyes. Reading, writing, chalkboard work, and using computers are among the visual tasks students perform daily. A child's eyes are constantly in use in the classroom and at play. When his or her vision is not functioning properly, education and participation in sports can suffer.”
The AOA says to watch out for the following signs of poorly developed vision in your children:
- Avoiding reading and other near-visual as much as possible
- Attempting to do the work anyway, but with a lowered level of comprehension or efficiency
- Experiencing discomfort, fatigue and a shortened attention span
As children grow, their vision changes. Regular eye exams are important to ensure your child’s health and ability to learn are top-notch. Some other signs that your child may have a vision problem include:
- Frequent eye rubbing, blinking, or headaches
- Covering one eye when reading or tilting their head to the side
- Holding reading material close to their face
- Often losing their place when reading
If your child exhibits any of these signs, schedule an eye appointment.