Vision related learning problems are more common than most parents and educators realize.
- 25% of students in grades K-6 have visual problems that are serious enough to impede learning.
- When vision problems go undetected,children almost invariably have trouble reading and doing their schoolwork. They often display fatigue, fidgeting, and frustration in the classroom - traits that can lead to a misdiagnosis of ADD, ADHD, dyslexia or other learning diablilities.
- It is estimated that 80% of children with a learning disability have an undiagnosed vision problem.
- Early diagnosis and treatment of children's vision problems is a necessary component to school rediness and academic learning. A vision screening, either at school or at the pediatrician's office, is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor who specializes in developmental vision.
- Early testing for vision problems is critical to mitigating learning disabilities or, in some cases, significant visual impariment in children.
- Vision is a complex process that involves over 20 visual abilities and more than 65% of all the pathways to the brain. One in four children has an undiagnosed vision problem which can interfere with learning and lead to academic and / or behavioral problems. However, it is important to know that these children frequently do not report symptoms because they think everyone sees the same way they do.
Often a child with a vision related learning problem has excellent verbal skills, causing parents and educators to think the child must be lazy, have ADD / ADHD, or is learning disabled. The possible misdiagnosis can be due to similar symptoms, but the causes are not the same.
Vision problems can elicit a wide range of signs and symptoms. Some, like eyestrain or blurred vision, can usually be attributed directly to a vision dysfunction. Others, such as poor attention span at school, clumsiness in sports, or reduced productivity at work, may not immediately be recognized as possible signs of a vision problem.
Physical signs or symptoms
- Frequent headaches or eyestrain
- Blurring of distance or near vision, particularly after reading or other close work
- Avoidance of close work or other visually demanding tasks
- Poor judgment of depth
- Turning of an eye in or out, up or down
- Tendency to cover or close one eye, or favor the vision in one eye
- Double vision
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Difficulty following a moving target
- Dizziness or motion sickness
- Poor reading comprehension
- Difficulty copying from one place to another
- Loss of place, repetition, and / or omission of words while reading
- Difficulty changing focus from distance to near and back again
- Poor posture when reading or writing
- Poor handwriting
- Can respond orally but can't get the same information down on paper
- Letter and / or word reversals
- Difficulty judging sizes and shapes
Treatment of learning related visual problems
The treatment of learning related visual problems involves the use of appropriate glasses for near work and / or a regimen of binocular therapy and visual integration to improve important visual skills.
Since 1991, our team of trained developmental vision specialists have been providing accurate, professional diagnoses and state-of-the-art treatment you can count on. Our expertise, experience and results speak for themselves. We look forward to being of service to you. Call 208.377.1310 to schedule an appointment