Tag Archive: How Vision Problems Can Interfere with Learning

According to the American Public Health Association, 25% of students in grades K-6 have visual problems that are serious enough to hinder learning.

How can you tell if your child’s ability to learn is being affected by a vision problem? If you check off several items on the following checklist, consider taking your child for a thorough vision examination.

  • Turns or tilts head to see
  • Head is frequently tilted to one side or one shoulder is noticeably higher
  • Squinting or closing of one eye or excessive blinking
  • Poor visual/motor skills (often called hand-eye coordination) or frequently bumps into things or drops things
  • Becomes easily confused when in motion
  • Frequently loses things
  • Has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or dyslexia

While reading or doing close work your child:

  • Holds the reading material or object too close
  • Closes one eye or covers eye with hand or twists or tilts head
  • Frequently loses place and/or skips or repeats lines
  • Fatigues easily and/or becomes drowsy
  • Uses finger to read
  • Rubs eyes during or after periods of reading
  • Reports that words move or run together
  • Exhibits avoidance behaviors

Child reports:

  • Headaches or eyestrain
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Motion sickness or car sickness
  • Double Vision

If your child reports seeing double, please take your child for a binocular vision evaluation immediately.

Early detection of problems greatly increases the chances of successful rehabilitation. Testing of binocular teaming skills should be a part of every child’s comprehensive eye examination.

Contact Us today to setup an comprehensive eye examination for your child.


How Vision Problems Can Interfere With Learning by Dr. Mary Gregory

  • “25% of students in grades K-6 have visual problems that are serious enough to impede learning.” – American Public Health Association
  • “When vision problems go undetected, children almost invariably have trouble reading and doing their schoolwork. They often display fatigue, fidgeting, and frustrations in the classroom—traits that can lead to a misdiagnosis of dyslexia or other learning disabilities.” – American Optometric Association
  • “It is estimated that 80% of children with a learning disability have an undiagnosed vision problem.” – Vision Council of America
  • “Early diagnosis and treatment of children’s vision problems is a necessary component to school readiness and academic learning; and that vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Comprehensive eye and vision examinations … are important for all children first entering school and regularly throughout their school-aged years to ensure healthy eyes and adequate visual skills essential for successful academic achievement.” – National PTA Policy Statement 2005, Elements of Comprehensive Health Programs
  • “Early testing for vision problems is key to preventing learning disabilities or, in some cases, significant visual impairment in children.” – Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, Task Force Chairman, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
  • “A three year study of 540 children found that those children who had visual perceptual and eye movement difficulties did poorly on standardized tests.” – Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, FAAO, FCOVD, Developmental Optometrist and Past President of COVD.
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