According to the American Optometric Association,
signs of learning-related vision problems in a child,
which parents and teachers should look for, include:
l Losing place and skipping words when reading

l Complaints of blurry vision

l Closing or covering one eye when reading

l Short attention span

l Trouble finishing written assignments

l Errors when copying from the board

l Poor reading comprehension

l Moving head excessively when reading

l Performance below a child's potential

Any child who is having difficulty in school should be
evaluated for vision problems. A comprehensive vision
examination can either rule them out as a contributing factor
or identify and correct vision problems that are impacting
the child's ability to learn.

Studies show that once a learning-related vision problem is
diagnosed and treated, the child will be able to perform
much more effectively in the classroom.

Vision Problems Can Lead
to Behavior Problems
Vision Problems Can Be Learning Problems!
A study of school-aged children found
that those with eye focusing and eye
teaming problems had a higher
frequency of behavior problems, which
affected their school performance and
attention in the classroom.
Uncovering Hidden Vision Problems

It's not always easy to pinpoint an exact reason why a child isn't
doing well in school. Frequently, learning difficulties are due to a
combination of problems. But when children struggle in school or
perform below their potential, an undiagnosed vision problem may be
the cause.

Having a vision problem makes it harder for children to learn. The
extra effort needed to compensate for poor vision makes it more
difficult to remember and understand what they see. The harder
they try, the more likely they will develop symptoms of discomfort
and fatigue.

When children try to read fuzzy words on a page or are unable to
accurately move their eyes from one word to another, their reading
performance suffers. Regardless of how motivated to learn a child
may be, continuing reading failure can lead to frustration and
behavior problems in the classroom and at home.

Some children with learning difficulties exhibit specific behaviors of
hyperactivity and distractibility. These children are often labeled as
having "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" (ADHD). However,
vision problems can elicit some of the very same signs and
symptoms. Some children may be mislabeled as having ADHD when
in fact what they have is a learning-related vision problem.
"Measuring ADHD Behaviors in Children
with Symptomatic Accommodative
Dysfunction or Convergence Insufficiency".
Optometry 2001;72:441-451
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