Vision and school performance
As our kids head back to school for the last half of the school year, now might be a good time to reflect on their performance during the first half of the year. What struggles did they need to overcome and what complaints do they still have? Perhaps it was mastering multiplication, adapting to a new teaching style, or finishing that science project. Or, was it something like comprehending reading tasks, completing assignments, or paying attention in class? These latter concerns are ones we look for every day in our exam rooms, as many times they can be correlated to an underlying vision problem.
Many children receive some sort of vision screening during summer or at the beginning of the school year that assesses their vision, but look at how much they have changed in those 6 months since! It’s very possible their vision has changed too, which might be contributing to some of these problems. It’s also possible they have an undiagnosed binocular vision or visual perception problem. Binocular vision problems occur when both eyes are not working together and the brain does not receive a clear and single image of what is in front of your child. Similarly, visual perception disorders occur when the brain cannot correctly interpret what your child is seeing. He or she may be able to see letters and words clearly, but can their brain interpret that image? If not, your child may be easily distracted from reading tasks, may have poor school performance, and might show little interest in school.
If you have noticed your child’s school performance declining or are just simply curious as to how their visual function is, then contact your optometrist and set up a comprehensive eye exam. The tests needed to uncover many of these problems are quick and painless and can help put your child on the path to academic success!