Much of our learning is done visually.
Reading, spelling, writing, maths through to whiteboard and computer work are all among the tasks that students of ALL ages tackle all day, everyday. Each requires the ability to see quickly and visually understand information that is usually at less than an arm’s length from the eyes.
However many students’ visual abilities are simply not up to these types of learning situations. Crystal clear eyesight is not all that is required for these close-up visual tasks. Individuals need a variety of skills, including saccades (scanning), focusing and eye coordination for learning and for understanding the written word. If these skills are not developed, or are poorly developed the result is learning that is both difficult and stressful. The result is
Behavioural Optometrists have a variety of options in helping their patients deal with visual stress, including
Do you have 20/20 or 6/6 vision?
Behavioural Optometrists often find that students with 20/20 or 6/6 vision have learning related vision problems. The student can see well in the distance but is unable to undertake visual tasks at arms length. Most school screening programmes simply test distance vision, so that many learning related visual problems remain undetected. However, both parents, teachers and lecturers who understand and can identify the signs and symptoms can spot learning related visual problems.
A list of typical signs is on the following checklist. If you as a student or a parent recognise any of these signs, then it is time to book an appointment with a Behavioural Optometrist.
Typical signs of learning related vision problems
Eliminating visual problems and thereby reducing the impact of the above listed signs can quickly pay off in the student’s improved academic performance.
Dyslexia , Vision, Opticians, Learning Difficulties