Vision and Learning
1 in 4 children struggle with reading because of undiagnosed vision problems. They lack adequate visual skills needed for close up work during reading, writing, and computer tasks. Often, we attribute children’s symptoms to problems such as ADHD or learning disabilities, when the source of their problems in the classroom is undiagnosed visual problems.
Throughout our life 80% of what we ever learn is obtained through our Visual System. This process though, is not limited to our eyesight. It incorporates eye tracking, focusing, eye-teaming, depth perception, eye-hand coordination, visual memory and visual form perception. Two thirds of all brain activity is devoted to processing visual information (even when our eyes are closed).
60% of students identified as Learning Disabled have a visual problem. They don't have the necessary visual skills to accurately scan along the line, keep print in clear focus, quickly and accurately look from book to board and back again, and find their place. Comprehension is compromised, often requiring the text to be re-read. Without these skills, the bright student will struggle and be mislabeled as having learning difficulties.
What are some possible symptoms of poor visual performance? Common vision problems are blur, headaches, and inconsistent performance. Most people would know enough to have their vision checked if they see blur. In many cases, headaches or reading problems are also the signs of severe or disabling vision problems. Some headaches are ignored. Many times a simple vision exam can put things right, greatly reducing headaches and even migraines, both in numbers and severity. Many children who struggle in school have never had a vision evaluation. They may be suffering needlessly. Smart children who don’t perform up to their expectations are prime candidates for hidden vision problems.
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