Corinne Odineal, OD, FCOVD
Since 80% of learning comes through the visual sense, if a child has not developed the visual skills necessary for learning, their learning can be impeded. Most children are put in highly visually demanding environments at an early age, and many are not visually mature enough for these demands. Most activities that enhance visual development are becoming rarer in today’s techno environment of Game Boys, iPods, X-Box, iPhones and television. Physical activity has diminished in the school and home, as well as imaginative thinking and play.
If a child has poorly developed visual skills (eye movements, teaming, focusing, perception), he or she will typically react in one or a combination of ways:
Many developmental optometrists find that many children with learning-related vision problems have 20/20 distance eyesight, and have passed other screenings and vision tests. But these children have great difficulty with vision tasks that are less than an arm’s length away. Parents and teachers can learn to spot learning-related vision problems by checking the signs of the following checklist. If a child is continually exhibiting any of these signs, they need to be checked by a doctor that specializes in vision therapy.
Signs of Vision Problems
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Vision is the prerequisite for reading. Poor vision skills lead to poor reading skills.
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