Track your child’s vision problems

Vision is a dominant process in growth, development and daily performance of children. Undetected, untreated vision problems can interfere with students’ learning potential. Nearly 75% of the school day is spent on visual activities. Vision deficiencies in school age children are often misidentified as behavior or social problems, which my put the child into the wrong “treatment track”. More than 75% of juvenile offenders have undetected and untreated vision problems. 60% of students identified as problem learners have undetected vision problems.

 

Vision occurs in the brain, not in the eyes. The eyes must see clearly, without double vision, and with accurate focus control. The brain must interpret the visual image from its background, make assumptions as to its figure, and integrate the information gathered from peripheral vision and from other senses.

 

A child must have visual ability to learn to read prior to reading to learn. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s vision, kindly consult a paediatric ophthalmologist/optometrist.

 

  • Does your child have headaches?
  • Fatigue with reading or comprehension drops with time
  • Confuses similar words or letters
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty keeping place while reading: use fingers as marker
  • Slow reading or word-by-word reading
  • Skips or re-reads lines; omits words
  • Avoids reading or close work
  • Reverses words or letters
  • Difficulty remembering what has been read
  • Tilts head to one side or closes or covers one eye
  • Holds head too close to reading material
  • Difficulty copying from chalkboard or book
  • Poor eye-hand coordination, including poor writing
  • Crossed eyes, turning in or out
  • Nervousness, irritability or restlessness after sustaining visual concentration
  • Does your vision get blurry at any time?
  • Do you ever see objects double?
  • Do letters and lines “run together” or words “jump”?
  • Do your eyes feel strained or tired after working on a computer?

 

 


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