People learn in many different ways, especially youth. The majority of children learn the most from what they see, so your child’s classroom vision and how much they learn are intrinsically linked. If your child is experiencing poor eyesight, they’ll likely lose their ability to succeed in their studies. This can impact their capacity to process information and affect their future successes in the classroom.
Vision problems in young students are often undiagnosed for lengthy periods of time if comprehensive eye exams are not scheduled. Children are usually unable to discern that their vision is failing as they often can’t tell that they’re struggling to read, write, or function.
One in four school-aged children experience vision problems. If left untreated, the problems can affect their learning ability, personality and confidence in school. School children spend a lot of time doing activities that require good vision which is why it’s important to have your child’s eyes checked regularly.
There are a number of signs that may signify that your child is experiencing vision issues that need correction. If your child is demonstrating any of the following poor indicators, ensure you visit an eye doctor soon:
- constantly sitting too close to the TV
- complaining of headaches or tired eyes
- squinting or tilting the head to see better
- holding a book too close to their eyes
- losing their place while reading, or,
- using a finger to guide their eyes when reading
Comprehensive eye exams are invaluable in assessing how your child’s eyes are functioning. Vision tests can only go so far, and cannot determine some of the other ways your son or daughter may be struggling to see.
For instance, a simple vision test will not determine if your child is having trouble focusing on things in front of them or is seeing clearly for the entire day. It cannot let you know if your child gets headaches while they read, is seeing things in double, or if they can follow the words on the page in front of them. Your child’s classroom vision could be compromised and may need professional attention.
Hakim Optical’s Eye Exam Centres will properly asses your child’s vision and overall eye health. Our optometrists are fully qualified to diagnose any conditions that may be affecting your child’s vision and help with adjustments that may be required.