Children are not born with perfect vision. Vision develops as your child grows.
Your yearly wellness visit with the pediatrician often includes a brief vision screening. This screening is not designed to replace a comprehensive eye exam.
According to the American Optometric Association the first eye exam should occur before 12 months of age, at age 3, before starting school and every year (or every other year if there are no vision problems) while your child is in school.
Most children don’t know to complain when they have difficulty seeing, so it is important for parents and educators to understand how vision can impact a child’s ability to read and learn.
Vision & Learning
Vision problems that interfere with one’s ability to read and learn are called Learning-Related Vision Problems. Children found to have Learning-Related Vision Problems may have a number of symptoms which may include reversal errors, poor written work and/or difficulty recalling and recognizing letters and words.
Individuals having difficulty achieving in school should be evaluated to identify any vision problems, which may contribute to their difficulty. Binocular vision or visual information processing deficiencies may result in difficulties paying attention, avoidance of reading, homework taking longer than it should as well as a variety of other symptoms such as:
□ Does the child make reversal errors when reading (was for saw, on for no) or
writing (b for d)?
- □ Does the child transpose letters or numbers (21 for 12)?
- □ Does the child have difficulty copying written material?
- □ Does the child have poor printing or handwriting?
- □ Does the child avoid reading?
- □ Does the child have difficulty finishing school assignments in a timely manner?
- □ Does the child misalign digits or columns when doing math assignments?
- □ Does the child seem to be clumsy or knock things over?
□ Does the child overlook small details (reads beak for break) or misread math
symbols (“-“ for “+”)?
□ Does the child have a short attention span or is he/she easily distractible when
reading or studying?
The testing performed at the UECLA Vision Therapy Clinic is designed to identify vision disorders that interfere with academic success. It is not intended to diagnose and treat learning problems, but rather a variety of vision disorders which may be one of many factors contributing to poor achievement.
In addition to providing treatment recommendations, our doctors can also recommend accommodations which can be made in the classroom to best serve the student.
Click here to read Optometry's position paper on Optometric Care of the Struggling Student for Parents and Educators.
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